James Anderson was the star of the show with 6/47 as Australia was skittled for 136 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Edbaston on Wednesday. By stumps England had progressed to 133/3 to trail the tourists by just three runs on a rain-hit day in Birmingham. Michael Clarke won the toss but might have hoped he could have a second crack at choosing what to do.
David Warner was Anderson’s first victim of the day, leg before wicket for 2. However it was Steven Finn who shone in the early exchanges as he accounted for Steve Smith (7) and Clarke (10) to leave the visitors 34/3. Adam Voges and Chris Rogers appeared to have steadied the ship somewhat adding 43 runs before Anderson let rip.
Voges was first to go for 16, caught behind by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Mitchell Marsh failed to score before he also edged one to the keeper. Peter Nevill scored two before Anderson disturbed his furniture and by the time Mitchell Johnson found Ben Stokes at gully, Anderson had his five-for while the Australians were reeling at 94/7.
Opener Rogers was trapped lbw for 52, easily the best score of the innings, as Stuart Broad got in on the act. Broad dismissed Mitchell Starc for 11 in his next over, caught behind by Buttler. The innings was wrapped up by Anderson, who castled Nathan Lyon for 11 as the Aussies were all out for 136. Josh Hazlewood was unbeaten on 14, the third-highest score of the innings.
The English did not have it all their own way though on what was very much a bowler’s day. Adam Lyth was caught in the slips by Voges off Hazlewood for 10. From 19/1 skipper Alastair Cook and hometown lad Ian Bell laid a foundation and added 57 for the second wicket. Lyon broke the partnership by dismissing captain Cook for 34 with Voges taking the catch.
Bell brought up his half-century but fell to Lyon just before the home side could overtake the Australian first innings score (132/3). Warner took the catch as Bell returned to the hut for 53. One run later rain returned and stumps was called with Joe Root (30*) and Jonny Bairstow (1*) at the wicket and England trailing by just three.