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England on top as Australia left with 137 to get with 4 wickets in hand

The balance of the first Ashes test shifted to and fro on Day 4, as the day turned out to be productive, first for the Australian team and later, for the English bowlers. The Aussie bowlers dismissed the remainder of the English side in the first session after giving away only 49 more runs on the day, and their opening batsmen played well to put together an 84 run partnership. England, however, removed 6 Australian wickets for the loss of just another 90 runs to bring themselves back into the match. Australia now has to score 137 runs with just 4 wickets in hand on the final day of the match.

Stuart Broad and Ian Bell looked to carry on their form from day 3 as they added another 30 runs to their brilliant stand. However, James Pattinson finally ended the partnership as he bowled a peach of a delivery to get Broad caught behind on 65. Graeme Swann was next to the crease, and battle briefly, scoring a scrappy 9 runs. 


England take 261 run on the back of Bell charge

England dominated the third day of the first Ashes Test at Nottingham, with some exceptional batting, and posted a 261 run lead over Australia at stumps. With two days still remaining, the match looks set for a result, with both teams just about in contention for a victory. England, however, have tilted the balance in their favour by their batting performance, losing only 4 wickets, and scoring almost 250 runs on the day. Carrying on from 80-2 at the start of the day, England lost just two wickets in the first session, and 2 in the remainder of the day to take their score to 326-6 at stumps.

In the morning session, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen continued their previous day’s brilliant performance as took the team to 121-2, having put up a 110 run partnership. These runs came at a faster rate than yesterday, as the duo looked on-course to set up a fighting total for their bowlers in the Australian second innings.


Incredible Agar helps Australia fightback on dramatic Day 2 in Nottingham

England scraped together a narrow 15 run lead at the end of yet another dramatic day of cricket early in the Ashes as James Anderson ripped through the Australian middle order taking a 5-fer to reduce the visitors to 117-9 before an incredible innings of 98 from debutant no.11 Ashton Agar led Australia's fightback as the 19 year old added 163 runs for the last wicket with a recognized batsman in Phil Hughes, who was left high and dry on 81. England started their innings 65 runs behind when they could and probably should have been miles ahead, and ended it 15 runs to the good with 8 wickets in the hutch.

Carrying over their partnership from the first day, Steven Smith and Philip Hughes, took the Australian score further by 23 runs, before Anderson stepped in and removed Smith, caught behind by Prior for 53. From this point on the Australian batting started to crumble like a house of cards, with Anderson and Swann taking the next 4 wickets for less than 10 runs. The Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was bowled out by Swann while Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc fell to similar deliveries, both getting caught behind to Prior off Anderson. Pattinson was the next to fall, as the Aussies found themselves in a deep hole at 117-9.


Shane Warne to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

The International Cricket Council today announced that former Australia spinner Shane Warne will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on Friday 19 July during the tea interval of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s.

Warne becomes the 69th male member of the Hall of Fame,* and joins fellow 2012-13 inductees Brian Lara of the West Indies, England’s Enid Bakewell and former Australia team-mate Glenn McGrath in being recognized by the ICC and the living members of the Hall of Fame.


14 wickets fall on thrilling opening day of Ashes

Day 1 of the first Ashes Test proved exceptionally conducive to both team’s pace bowlers, as first, the English were bowled out for a low first innings total of 215, primarily due to the exploits of Peter Siddle, and later, the Aussies returned the favour by finishing the day at 75-4, with 2 wickets apiece to Steven Finn and James Anderson.

The 2013 edition of the Ashes kicked off with England and Australia squaring off at the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottingham. England Skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat first.


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