Ashes 2015: 8 moments that shaped day one of England v Australia

Ashes 2015: Sam Rogers reflects on the eight big moments from day one of England v Australia in Cardiff

By Sam Rogers

England finished the first day of this summer’s Ashes on 343-7 after Joe Root scored a brilliant 134 to upset Australia’s momentum in Cardiff.

Here are the eight big moments from day one of The Ashes.

11.22 GMT After the start was delayed by 10 minutes on Wednesday morning, Australia struck with just their 12th ball of the innings. Josh Hazlewood coerced Adam Lyth into playing across the line, which resulted in the Yorkshire batsman sending a leading edge low to David Warner in the cordon. Not an ideal start for England.

12.20 GMT Having just watched Alastair Cook get caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 20, Ian Bell came to the crease and should have had his intent set on steadying the ship for his side. Instead he looked erratic, charging Lyon early before missing a swinging delivery from Mitchell Starc to leave England teetering at 43-3 and the Aussies with their tails firmly up.

12.23 GMT With England in disarray and the Aussies in the ascendency, England’s form batsman Joe Root strode to the crease with the confidence of a man in the form of his life. He got a stroke of luck almost instantly when he edged a full delivery to Brad Haddin behind the sticks only to see it shelled without him scoring. A rare repreive for England.

14.48 GMT Having gone into lunch 88-3, England, through Root and Gary Ballance led the resistance and the Yorkshire pair brought up their century partnership as the hosts looked to fight back from their earlier struggles. A foundation for England and the Aussies still angry after dropping Root so early.

16.20 GMT England lost Ballance just after the tea break for 61 to swing the momentum back in Australia’s favour, before Root completed his century with a boundary that also brought up England’s 200. Root’s ton came off 118 balls making it the sixth fastest in Ashes history.

17.34 Ben Stokes came to the crease following Ballance’s dismissal and he and Root both started to go at the Aussie bowlers, who were starting to tire as the day wore on. They passed 250 with ease before Root’s majestic innings was ended as Starc drew an edge from the Yorkshireman which was duly snaffled by Shane Watson. Root’s innings ended on 134 and having been dropped on nought, he will feel its job done for England.

17.53 GMT Stokes, who had counter-attacked so brilliantly for England alongside Root, fell victim to the ball of the day from Starc who beat the Durham all-rounder for pace and swing and sent the ball crashing into the stumps. Honours even on the day, but from 43-3 England would have took 293-6.

18.37 GMT On the brink of the close, and having counter-attacked brilliantly, Jos Buttler chipped tamely to mid-on, having put on fifty with Moeen Ali. While the acceleration left England well placed on 343-7, the Lancashire gloveman will be frustrated at the manner in which he got out especially so close to the end of play.

England closed day one on 343-7 (Root 134, Ballance 61, Stokes 52; Hazlewood 3-70, Starc 3-84, Lyon 1-54)

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