Day 1 at Lord’s – honours even

July 19, 2013

Another topsy-turvy day saw England and Australia finish with honours even on day 1 of the second Investec test match at Lord’s. At stumps, England had reached 289-7 after winning an important toss and batting first. The heroes of the day were Ian Bell, who completed a third hundred in consecutive Ashes tests and Steve Smith and Ryan Harris, neither of whom had bowled at Trent Bridge, who picked up three wickets apiece. Each side had made changes from the first test, England replacing Steven Finn with Tim Bresnan. Australia brought it Usman Kawaja and Harris for Ed Cowan and Mitchell Starc.

England were soon in trouble at 28-3, but consecutive partnerships of 99 between Jonathan Trott and Bell and 147 between Bell and Bairstow took them to a position of strength at 274-4. At that stage, Australia were looking a tired outfit. With the new ball approaching, skipper Michael Clarke threw the ball to part-time leggie Smith, who proceeded to take three important wickets in the closing overs. He dismissed Bell with a good ball, but Bairstow and Matt Prior perished to loose shots that will not have pleased captain Alastair Cook.

The weather is set fair for the whole of the match and the pitch is true firm. England will start day 2 with their sights set on a total of 350 rather than the 450 they might have been envisaging half an hour before the close.

Stumps – England 289 for 7 (Bell 109, Bairstow 67, Trott 58, Smith 3-18, Harris 3-43)

The Scoop 19/07/13

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