July 10, 2015
England were off to a good start when Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to have a bat. With a delayed start at hand because of the weather England would of always known that they were in for a tough hour against the fearsome Aussie attack.
Things started off badly leaving England 43-3. Lyth, Cook & Bell were all gone relatively cheaply thanks to good bowling from Hazelwood & Starc. This brought Ballance & England’s golden boy Joe Root to the crease. These two put on 153 for the fourth wicket before Ballance fell for 61 LBW to Hazelwood.
Root continued to tick along at a run a ball, which on this wicket was incredibly good batting. His footwork and timing were impeccable to both spin and seam on his way to a score of 134 off 166 balls.
England’s threatening lower order were introduced, Ben Stokes grabbing a quick fire 52 while being assisted by Moeen Ali who continued where he left off in an England shirt with a breezy knock of 77.
Mitchell Starc cleaned up the tail pretty quickly and got his rewards with figures of 5-114 of his 24 overs.
With 430 on the board the last wicket fell and the Aussies were away with a quick change over. Warner and Rogers stood to the wicket with their usual intent. ‘Bucky’ Rogers got a fantastic 95 but lacked a real partner to stick around with him.
England got rid of Smith, Clarke, Voges, Watson all for scores in the 30′s. Ali picked up the crucial wickets of Clarke & Smith in his lovely spell of 2-71.
Nathan Lyon who came in as a night-watchman stuck around until the morning sort of doing his job until he was undone by a terrific spell of bowling Mark Wood & Jimmy Anderson.
Jimmy picked up the wickets of Haddin & Starc pretty quickly to wrap up the innings for 308. Leaving England well and truly in the driving seat for the rest of the Test.
Let’s hope the weather holds and England can muster a sizable lead to go ahead in the battle for the Ashes. With 3 days left in the Test England will be wishing for the fair weather to continue this time round.