11.12GMT England needed a fast start after losing the toss and being forced to bowl first on what looked a great batting track. The host’s leading wicket-taker James Anderson provided just that when he had David Warner pinned bang infront. Australia 7-1
11.40 Having been deemed ‘unpickable’ during England’s 5-0 drubbing, Steven Finn was recalled after an injury to Mark Wood, and put his demons to bed in his first Test over for two years. The Middlesex man got on in the corridor to Australia’s run machine Steve Smith who duly edged to Alastair Cook at first slip. The tourists struggling early at 18-2.
11.56 Finn’s brilliant return to Test cricket continued when he beat the Australian captain with a fast yorker that swung passed Michael Clarke’s outside edge, clattering into the stumps. England cock-a-hoop, Australia 34-3.
14.12 Lunch came and went with no further victims for the tourists, but with rain around the batmsen were never settled. Adam Voges proved that point when unsure whether to play or leave, feathered an edge through to Jos Buttler, Australia four down for 77.
14.42 Anderson was rampant after the lunch break and he followed up the wicket of Voges by first getting Mitch Marsh to edge behind before drawing a bad leave from Peter Nevill who was bowled by an in-swinging ball that hit the top of off. He then completed his five-wicket haul by moving around the wicket and drawing an edge from Mitchell Johnson who was caught well by Ben Stokes.
15.22 Having been the only batsman to look remotely comfortable at any stage, Chris Rogers brought up a very dogged half-century with his side 98-7. Rogers fought and fought but finally succumbed when he was pinned in front by Stuart Broad for 52. The tourists 110-8 and their final resistance seemed to be crumbling.
16.48 Australia were finally bowled out for just 136 which when you win the toss and bat is a bad all-round performance. England came out with showers hanging around Edgbaston and looked to knock off their deficit as quickly as possible. Adam Lyth left the ball well to begin with as he looked to build an innings, but couldnt resist a short and wide ball and edged Josh Hazlewood through to the slips with England 19-1.
17.35 Cook looked to take the attack to the Australians and never let the seamers settle. He progressed serenely to 34 before Nathan Lyon dragged one short, the England captain looked to pull and middled it straight into the midrift of Adam Voges at short leg. A freak dismissal which Cook will be disappointed with but given the match situation will surely not lose any sleep. England 76-2 trailing by 60.
18.45 Ian Bell, shifted up to three to accommodate Jonny Bairstow at five, looked in fine fettle on his home ground. In need of some big runs, Bell passed fifty comfortably before coming down the track to Lyon, getting nowhere near the ball and skying a catch to David Warner at mid-off. The rain fell shortly after to curtail the day’s play. England ending the day 133-3, trailing Australia by just three runs.
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