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Jul 12, 2015

Lehmann backs Johnson, questions over all-rounder Watson

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Paceman Mitchell Johnson is still a class act despite a poor first test with the ball but Australia know he will not get the fast pitches he thrives on in the rest of the Ashes series, coach Darren Lehmann said.

Johnson was outbowled by fellow quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in Cardiff as England dominated the first test to win by 169 runs with a day to spare on Saturday.

Jul 12, 2015

Cricket-Lehmann backs Johnson, questions over all-rounder Watson

CARDIFF, July 12 (Reuters) – Paceman Mitchell Johnson is still a class act despite a poor first test with the ball but Australia know he will not get the fast pitches he thrives on in the rest of the Ashes series, coach Darren Lehmann said.

Johnson was outbowled by fellow quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in Cardiff as England dominated the first test to win by 169 runs with a day to spare on Saturday.

Jul 11, 2015

England had to stand up and be counted, says Cook

CARDIFF (Reuters) – England needed to prove in the first test they could compete with Australia and the hosts showed in Cardiff they are a “dangerous side” by winning with a day to spare, captain Alastair Cook said on Saturday.

Australia began the series as hot favourites to retain the Ashes they captured with a 5-0 rout in 2013-14 but were largely outplayed as England eased to a 169-run victory.

Jul 11, 2015

Cricket-England had to stand up and be counted, says Cook

CARDIFF, July 11 (Reuters) – England needed to prove in the first test they could compete with Australia and the hosts showed in Cardiff they are a “dangerous side” by winning with a day to spare, captain Alastair Cook said on Saturday.

Australia began the series as hot favourites to retain the Ashes they captured with a 5-0 rout in 2013-14 but were largely outplayed as England eased to a 169-run victory.

Jul 11, 2015

Broad and Moeen lead England to victory

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali led England’s charge to a 169-run victory over Australia with a day to spare in the first test on Saturday to make a flying start in their bid to regain the Ashes.

Broad and Moeen took three wickets apiece as Australia, set an improbable target of 412, were shot out for 242 on the fourth day at Sophia Gardens.

Jul 11, 2015

Cricket-Broad and Moeen lead England to victory

CARDIFF, July 11 (Reuters) – Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali led England’s charge to a 169-run victory over Australia with a day to spare in the first test on Saturday to make a flying start in their bid to regain the Ashes.

Broad and Moeen took three wickets apiece as Australia, set an improbable target of 412, were shot out for 242 on the fourth day at Sophia Gardens.

Jul 11, 2015

Cricket-England on brink of victory in first Ashes test

CARDIFF, July 11 (Reuters) – England’s Stuart Broad took three wickets and Moeen Ali and Mark Wood two apiece to bowl England to the brink of victory in the first Ashes test on Saturday with Australia seven down and deep in trouble on the fourth day.

Set an improbable victory target of 412, Australia collapsed from 97 for one to stagger into tea on 162-7 at a raucous Sophia Gardens. Mitchell Johnson was 26 not out and Mitchell Starc four.

Jul 11, 2015

Moeen removes dangerous Warner to boost England

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Moeen Ali boosted England’s victory bid with the wicket of David Warner in the final over before lunch as Australia reached 97 for two chasing a target of 412 on the fourth day of the first Ashes test on Saturday.

Warner had overcome a nervous start, scoring just a single from the first 23 balls he faced, to hit a half-century but was stuck in his crease by a length ball from spinner Moeen to be trapped lbw and give England the boost they needed.

Jul 11, 2015

Cricket-Moeen removes dangerous Warner to boost England

CARDIFF, July 11 (Reuters) – Moeen Ali boosted England’s victory bid with the wicket of David Warner in the final over before lunch as Australia reached 97 for two chasing a target of 412 on the fourth day of the first Ashes test on Saturday.

Warner had overcome a nervous start, scoring just a single from the first 23 balls he faced, to hit a half-century but was stuck in his crease by a length ball from spinner Moeen to be trapped lbw and give England the boost they needed.

Jul 10, 2015

Australia can emulate Bradman and 1948 team, says Lyon

CARDIFF (Reuters) – The only time Australia successfully chased over 400 to win an Ashes test against England, a 39-year-old Don Bradman stroked an unbeaten 173, his final test century, and Arthur Morris bludgeoned 182 at Headingley in 1948.

Australia need the same heroics over the remaining two days in Cardiff just to save the first test of 2015, let alone get anywhere near the victory target of 412, if they are to deny the home team drawing first blood in the series.