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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.

Jul 9, 2015

Cricket-Fluent Rogers makes hay for Australia

CARDIFF, July 9 (Reuters) – Opener Chris Rogers equalled the world record with his seventh consecutive half-century as Australia reached 145 for two at tea in reply to England’s first innings of 430 on the second day of the first Ashes test on Thursday.

The tourists lost David Warner (17) and Steve Smith (33) but Rogers made serene progress with an unbeaten 74.

Jul 9, 2015

Jeers and no wickets for subdued Johnson

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson will not mind being the man England fans love to mock in the Ashes so long as he is taking wickets but the friendly abuse might start to get under his skin if the Australian paceman continues to fire blanks.

The left-armer bore the brunt of the boundary humour after going wicketless in England’s first innings at Sophia Gardens, a worrying sign for Australia even if he was working with an unhelpful and slow pitch.

Jul 9, 2015

Cricket-Jeers and no wickets for subdued Johnson

CARDIFF, July 9 (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson will not mind being the man England fans love to mock in the Ashes so long as he is taking wickets but the friendly abuse might start to get under his skin if the Australian paceman continues to fire blanks.

The left-armer bore the brunt of the boundary humour after going wicketless in England’s first innings at Sophia Gardens, a worrying sign for Australia even if he was working with an unhelpful and slow pitch.