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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.

Jul 10, 2015

Cricket-Australia can emulate Bradman and 1948 team, says Lyon

CARDIFF, July 10 (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.

Jul 10, 2015

Relieved Bell feared for his England place

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Throughout a career in which he has amassed nearly 7,500 runs and scored 22 test centuries Ian Bell has faced questions over his England credentials, and by his own admission his place was again on the line for the Ashes series.

New England coach Trevor Bayliss might perhaps have been scouring a list of possible replacements when the batsman made just one on the first day of the first test against Australia on Wednesday — extending his poor run.

Jul 10, 2015

Cricket-Relieved Bell feared for his England place

CARDIFF, July 10 (Reuters) – Throughout a career in which he has amassed nearly 7,500 runs and scored 22 test centuries Ian Bell has faced questions over his England credentials, and by his own admission his place was again on the line for the Ashes series.

New England coach Trevor Bayliss might perhaps have been scouring a list of possible replacements when the batsman made just one on the first day of the first test against Australia on Wednesday — extending his poor run.

Jul 10, 2015

England take upper hand in first test

CARDIFF (Reuters) – England’s bowlers enjoyed a fruitful third morning of the first test when they dismissed Australia for 308 to take control and raise hopes of a flying start in their bid to regain the Ashes.

Australia lost five wickets for 44 runs before lunch on Friday for a first innings deficit of 122.

Jul 10, 2015

Cricket-England take upper hand in first test

CARDIFF, July 10 (Reuters) – England’s bowlers enjoyed a fruitful third morning of the first test when they dismissed Australia for 308 to take control and raise hopes of a flying start in their bid to regain the Ashes.

Australia lost five wickets for 44 runs before lunch on Friday for a first innings deficit of 122.

Jul 10, 2015

England dismiss Australia for 308, lead by 122

CARDIFF (Reuters) – England turned the screw in the first Ashes test by bowling out Australia for 308 on the third morning on Friday to take a first innings lead of 122.

Australia, resuming on 264 for five, were immediately on the back foot when they lost Shane Watson (30) and Nathan Lyon (6)with the addition of just one run to their overnight total.

Jul 10, 2015

Cricket-England dismiss Australia for 308, lead by 122

CARDIFF, July 10 (Reuters) – England turned the screw in the first Ashes test by bowling out Australia for 308 on the third morning on Friday to take a first innings lead of 122.

Australia, resuming on 264 for five, were immediately on the back foot when they lost Shane Watson (30) and Nathan Lyon (6)with the addition of just one run to their overnight total.

Jul 9, 2015

England have edge in first Ashes test – Rogers

CARDIFF (Reuters) – England have the edge after two days of the first Ashes test and Australia cannot afford to concede a big first innings lead after losing five wickets on Thursday, opener Chris Rogers said.

Rogers hit 95 as Australia, replying to England’s 430 all out, ended the second day on 264 for five with the late wicket of Adam Voges leaving the hosts hopeful of turning the screw on Friday.

Jul 9, 2015

Cricket-England have edge in first Ashes test – Rogers

CARDIFF, July 9 (Reuters) – England have the edge after two days of the first Ashes test and Australia cannot afford to concede a big first innings lead after losing five wickets on Thursday, opener Chris Rogers said.

Rogers hit 95 as Australia, replying to England’s 430 all out, ended the second day on 264 for five with the late wicket of Adam Voges leaving the hosts hopeful of turning the screw on Friday.