Nottingham - Australia saw the back of England captain Alastair Cook and fellow
opener Joe Root but the hosts were still 98 for two at lunch on the
first day of the first Ashes Test at Nottingham's Trent Bridge ground on
Cook scored a mammoth 766 runs during England's 3-1
series win in the last Ashes campaign in Australia in 2010/11. But in
his first Ashes Test as captain, Cook was caught behind off James
Pattinson for just 13.
Root, in his first Ashes Test and first as
an opener after winning six caps as a middle-order batsman, made 30
before he was bowled by Peter Siddle's outswinging yorker.
Cook won the toss and opted to bat in overcast conditions promising assistance for swing bowlers.
the pitch was a good one and at the interval Jonathan Trott was 37 not
out, with 32 of his runs coming in boundaries, and fellow South
Africa-born batsman Kevin Pietersen 10 not out.
on the Trent Bridge ground where older brother Darren - a one Test
wonder for England against South Africa at Headingley in 2008 - played
for Nottinghamshire, started the match with an offside wide to Cook.
Next ball Pattinson, the 23-year-old son of an English father, speared one down the legside.
was a familiar sight for Australia when Cook got off the mark by
clipping left-armer Mitchell Starc for a legside boundary.
also got off the mark with a boundary, pulling Pattinson down to fine
leg for four as the floodlights were switched on to combat the gloom.
Meanwhile Pattinson produced excellent deliveries which beat both Cook and Root outside their respective off-stumps.
it was with such a ball that Pattinson had Cook, pushing out without
moving his feet, caught behind by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
was soon into his stride with a cover-driven four off Pattinson and he
greeted the first ball from shock teenage debutant Ashton Agar by
cover-driving a full toss from the 19-year-old left-arm spinner for
But a stand of 51 ended when Root, who faced 64 balls with
four fours, was comprehensively bowled by Siddle with the seamer's first
delivery after switching to the Radcliffe Road End.
Pietersen had made just one when a glance off Pattinson just evaded the diving Haddin's outstretched left glove.