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Australia on fire as England slump to 238-9 on Day 1 in Durham

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Australia continued their revival on their Tour of England, albeit too late to win back the Ashes, but the team are finally showing their world renowned fighting spirit as they won the honours on the opening day of the fourth test in Durham. England were restricted to 238-9 with Nathan Lyon picking up 4 wickets to knock over the England middle order after Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott gave the side a good start.

England won the toss and chose to bat first in the fourth Ashes Test of the series at the Riverside Ground in Chester le Street. Australia made just the one change to their squad as Jackson Bird came back into the side replacing Mitchell Starc. England again came in with an unchanged side for this test match.

The familiar pair of Joe Root and Alastair Cook padded up to open the batting and had made a slow but steady start for the home side. Just as Root was starting to find his rhythm Watson snared the youngster for 16 as DRS again played a part with the umpire’s original decision of not out, being over ruled as Hotspot showed a slight nick to send Root back to the pavilion.

Jonathan Trott made his way out to the middle and with Alastair Cook set about building a useful partnership. The duo added 73 runs for the 2nd wicket, the best partnership of the day, before Trott fell bat pad to Nathan Lyon for a rather quick 49 from just 60 balls while his skipper continued to scratch around at the other end.

Kevin Pietersen replaced Trott, and played in the only way he knows how, also taking the attack to the off-spinner, but also perishing to him, caught behind for a speedy 26 before edging through to the keeper (and walking off uncontroversially this time).

Lyon soon made it 3 for the day as he had Ian Bell caught at mid-on, just at the stroke of tea, playing a lofted shot that under the circumstances, England could have done without.

The wickets continued to tumble after the interval with Jackson Bird netting the big fish, Alastair Cook, shouldering arms to a delivery that came back into the left hander. Cook departed for a painstaking 51 from 164 balls.

Australia continued to have better luck with the DRS today than any other in the summer with Peter Siddle getting his leg before appeal overturned in his favour to send back Matt Prior for 17, while Jonny Bairstow's decision was upheld by the TV Umpire, as he fell for 14, failing to connect with an attempted sweep.

Stuart Broad, so often a thorn in Australia's side, failed to trouble the scorers much on this occasion, falling for 3, but Graeme Swann (13), James Anderson (16*) and Tim Bresnan (12*) added some late runs to take England past 200, and to 238-9 at the close of play.

The day definitely belonged to the Aussies, but they would be disappointed at leaking runs rapidly at the end of the day and not getting the job done.


England: Alastair Cook(c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior(wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson

Australia: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke(c), Steve Smith, David Warner, Brad Haddin(wk), Peter Siddle, Jackson Bird, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon

Mini Scorecard:

England 1st Innings 57/1 (27 overs, 2.11 RPO)

Alastair Cook: 21*(90) Shane Watson: 1/8(7)

IJL Trott: 13*(23)