Australia crashed to 4/75 on day one of the first Ashes test at Nottingham after a bright start saw England dismissed for 215.
Peter Siddle led the bowling charge, ending England’s first innings in 59 overs. England had not been dismissed so quickly since 2009 at Headingley, where Australia dismissed England for 102.
Jonathan Trott top-scored for England with 48, before he was cleanbowled by Siddle. Joe Root, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell and Matt Prior all fell at the hands of Siddle.
England’s middle order made slow progress till Ian Bell was caught by Shane Watson. Prior was dismissed two overs later for a single run. Stuart Broad made a late charge, putting on a 24 runs off 30 balls, before being caught and bowled by James Pattinson. Graeme Swann and James Anderson managed only one run each, while Steven Finn walked for a duck.
Pattinson claimed three wickets; Mitchell Starc claimed two.
The Australian batsman couldn’t match the bowlers’ heroics. Shane Watson fell after three overs and Ed Cowan for a duck one ball later. Chris Rogers managed only 16 runs before falling to an LBW decision. Michael Clarke, seen as Australia’s best hope of putting on a strong first inning total, was bowled by James Anderson for a duck.
At the end of play Phillip Hughes and Steven Smith were at the crease on seven and 38 respectively.
Coach Darren Lehmann said the Australian underdogs had shown they were up for a fight.
“Any fan who left the ground today would have left the ground happy with both sides,” he said. “It’s very pleasing to bowl them out for 215 and we probably should have bowled them out cheaper if we got the areas right. We’re here to play, there’s no doubt about that, so hopefully the odds will come down.”
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and first innings hero Peter Siddle are next up to bat, though the tourists will be praying for Hughes and Smith to forge a strong middle order partnership.
Play resumes tonight (AEST) at the Trent Bridge ground with Australia trailing by 140 runs, with six wickets remaining in the first innings.
Top photo, of James Pattinson and his teammates celebrating a wicket, courtesy of Fox Sports Twitter.