July 11, 2013For the second successive Ashes series, Australia’s Peter Siddle emerged as the first day hero. Ripping the heart out of the batting, he returned figures of 5-50 as England were dismissed for a disappointing, nervy 213. Making use of the crease, bowling full, and using the Duke ball to exhibit late swing, this was Siddle’s fourth five-wicket haul against England. James Pattinson claimed three wickets and Mitchell Starc picked up two tail-enders, but neither was impressive as Siddle.
Australia sprung a major surprise at the toss by naming unknown spinner Ashton Agar in place of Nathan Lyon. England opted for Steven Finn’s pace and bounce rather that Tim Bresnan’s all round game. England, hoping to see turn later in the match, elected to bat first on a dry and lifeless pitch. The sun never emerged and the lights stayed on for most of the day. Most of the England batsmen made starts but no one reached 50. The most impressive was Jonathan Trott who made a fluent 48. England lunched comfortably on 98-2, but lost their last 6 wickets fell for 25, as they subsided from 178-4 before and after tea.
In the final session, Steven Finn and James Anderson claimed two wickets apiece to restore the game to an even keel. With the ball of the day, Anderson dismissed Aussie skipper Michael Clarke for a duck. Australia start day 2 on 75-4 and will be hoping for significant contributions from their lower middle order. England will be keen to get injured Stuart Broad back on the field as Finn and Anderson will need support, particularly if the sun comes out.
The Scoop 11/07/13