England bounced back strongly on the first day of the third Ashes Test after suffering a humiliating 405 run defeat at Lords in the second Test. Day one in Birmingham, England and they were on 133-3 after bundling out Australia for a paltry 136 on a track which is conducive for both movement in the air and movement off the pitch.
Speedster James Anderson dismantled the Australian batting lineup on a seaming track in Edgbaston, finishing off with figures of 6-47. His pair Steven Finn marked his return in the Test after two years chipping in with the wickets of Steve Smith and Michael Clarke. Australian innings lasted for only 36.4 overs.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and chose to bat, a move which boomeranged as England seized complete control over the Test on its first day. Perhaps the Aussie skipper forgot the presence of Jimmy Anderson in the English side, a man who’s capable of making the red leather talk with his controlled swing-bowling.
On a day punctuated by short rain delays, Ian Bell buoyed the English fans as his willow went berserk in the final session under the floodlights.
Bell though needlessly threw his wicket, five balls after reaching his half century. He unnecessarily took a charge on off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
The series is currently tied at 1-1.