So the most eagerly awaited home Ashes series in recent years ignited today at Trent Bridge, and it would have to be said that the first session has gone to the favourites.
In many series, the score at lunch 98-2 may seem to favour the bowling side, but on a hard dry pitch on an overcast day, the English batsmen are in favour.
The ball is swinging for these new an upcoming Aussie bowlers which bodes well for England, with their seam attack with certainly on recent form the number one swing bowler in the world Jimmy Anderson.
The lack of experience has shown from this Aussie attack though, with a poor radar shown from both Pattinson and Starc who, with all credit, have moved the ball but haven’t been able to hit the right areas to trouble the batsmen.
Pattinson’s early wicket of Cook induced a false shot from the England captain more so than an outstanding delivery.
Even though the England skipper is back in the changing room, he will not be disappointed by fellow opener Joe Root, who played extremely well for his 28 before the experienced Siddle dislodged him with a swinging Yorker first ball of his second spell.
Root has shown he has the grit to face this Aussie attack, putting him in perfect stead for the rest of this series.
This morning's session has set England up to put a decent score on the board on a potentially lower scoring pitch than may have been expected, offering more for the bowlers than seemed apparent before the start of today’s play.
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