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James Anderson and co dominate the Australians at Edgbaston

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At the end of an astonishing first day's play in the third test at Edgbaston, England found themselves in total control of this test match and also the Ashes series.

With the score in the series level at one test apiece, England must win at least one of the three remaining test matches to have any chance of regaining the Ashes.

Michael Clarke, the Australian captain, called correctly at the toss and immediately chose to bat first.

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He admitted that the wicket had some grass on it and would possibly favour the bowlers for the first session, but felt his team had enough about them to get through the early wobbles and then dominate the England attack as the day wore on.

There were a number of rain delays throughout the day's play, which meant that in total there were only 65.4 overs bowled in the day.

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Anderson Erupts

Clarke must have been regretting his decision to bat, very early in their innings, as England soon reduced the Aussies to 34-3.

After lunch, Jimmy Anderson tore through the Australian middle order to such an extent that he took four wickets for seven runs in just nineteen balls, leaving the Australian innings in tatters at 94-7. Ably backed up by both Steven Finn and Chris Broad who took two wickets apiece they bowled the Australians out for 136 in just 36.4 overs.

Anderson ended with figures of 6-47 off 14.4 overs. Only Chris Rogers of the Australian batsmen registered a decent total, scoring 52.

The Reply

In England's innings, opener Adam Lyth failed again, scoring just ten before slashing wildly outside off stump and being caught at first slip.

Alastair Cook and Ian Bell then looked in complete control of the Aussie bowlers until Cook was unbelievably caught for 34. He pulled a short ball from spinner Nathan Lyon, and while everyone was looking for the ball hitting the boundary rope, short leg fielder Adam Voges was celebrating the catch.

The ball had slammed into his midriff and nestled in his jumper. Ian Bell promoted to number three in the England order, then stylishly moved to a half-century before inexplicably giving his wicket away, trying to put spinner Lyon out of the ground and being caught at mid-wicket.

Big Lead Needed

At the end of the day, England was well placed on 133-3, just three runs behind Australia's first innings score. England will be looking to post a big first innings score on the second day and put the Australian batsmen under pressure when they bat again.

However, with this current England side doing a great Jekyll and Hyde impersonation in this series, it is anyone's guess who will be in charge at the end of the second day's play

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James Anderson (cricket)
Michael Clarke
The Ashes
Ian Bell
Steven Finn
Cricket

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