Birmingham - Paceman
James Anderson took six wickets to skittle Australia for a paltry 136
and put England in control on the first day of the third Test at
Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Anderson (6-47) was backed up by
fellow quicks Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, on his Test return after a
two-year absence, as a fascinating Ashes series took another twist.
Bell led England's reply of 133/3 with a half-century and by the close,
forced early by rain, a rejuvenated home side had put their heavy
second Test defeat at Lord's behind them.
England lost Adam Lyth
and Alastair Cook but Bell, promoted up the order on his home ground,
played positively for his 53 before falling to a poor shot in trying to
slog spinner Nathan Lyon to end a stand of 56 with Joe Root (30 not
Australia, whose batsmen prospered at Lord's in squaring the
series after defeat in Cardiff, failed to cope with seam and
swing-friendly conditions after winning the toss.
Anderson made hay with only opener Chris Rogers, passed fit after suffering dizzy spells in the last test, offering resistance.
Rogers was eighth man out for 52 and not long after Australia were dismissed in 36.4 overs.
Anderson, who went wicketless in London, took four wickets in 19 balls after lunch to leave Australia in tatters.
burst began with Adam Voges caught behind for 16. Mitchell Marsh (0)
also nicked to Jos Buttler and then Peter Nevill was bowled for two
without offering a shot.
England's leading wicket-taker in tests bagged his 18th five-wicket haul when Mitchell Johnson (3) sliced to Ben Stokes.
lost three wickets in the morning with Finn, branded "unselectable" by
former England limited overs coach Ashley Giles 18 months ago due to a
breakdown in his bowling action, sending back Steve Smith (7) and
skipper Michael Clarke (10).
After Anderson had given England a
flyer by trapping David Warner (2) lbw, Finn, recalled in place of an
unfit Mark Wood, found bounce and movement.
Smith edged to Cook at
first slip and he bowled Clarke with a full and straight delivery, the
Australia captain continuing his run of low scores.
England had put 19 on the board before the struggling Lyth (10) flashed at a wide Josh Hazlewood delivery and was held at slip.
(34) and Bell took the total to 76 when the England captain fell in
extraordinary fashion, smashing a short ball from Lyon straight into the
midriff of Voges who was trying to take evasive action at short leg.