The Ashes: Bowlers dominate Day 1 of 1st Test
Day 1 of the Ashes 2013 series was completely dominated by the bowlers of the two sides.<br><br> While Australia's Peter Siddle claimed five wickets to bundle the hosts out for 215, it was Steven Finn's early strikes that put England right back in the match. A look...<br><br>All images courtesy AFP and AP.
Day 1 of the Ashes 2013 series was completely dominated by the bowlers of the two sides.<br><br> While Australia's Peter Siddle claimed five wickets to bundle the hosts out for 215, it was Steven Finn's early strikes that put England right back in the match and halted Australia on 75/4, 140 behind. A look...<br><br>All images courtesy AFP and AP.
It was a packed house at Nottingham as fans came in huge numbers to cheer their teams.
The England team is seen here during the national anthem.
England won the toss on an overcast day at Trent Bridge. While the decision to bat first may have surprised many, skipper Alastair Cook looked confident as he made his way out to the middle.
It was James Pattinson who was responsible for denting Cook's confidence when he struck in the ninth over of the day to remove the batsman on 13.
Jonathan Trott replaced his skipper in the middle. He batted sensibly and though he lost partner Joe Root, kept Australia at bay for most parts.
England ended the opening session on 98/2 but it was Peter Siddle who returned with a vengeance in the post-lunch session. <br><br>The bowler had been on the expensive side in his first four overs but he made ammends for it by claiming quick wickets.
Siddle took five wickets which included the scalp of Kevin Pietersen who scored just 14.
Pattinson and Mitchell Starc (unseen) completed the formalities. <BR><BR> While Pattinson claimed three wickets, Starc to showed his abilities with two wickets for himself.
England batsmen may have fallen in a heap on 215 but the bowlers brought the team back. Steven Finn is seen celebrating one of his two wickets. He first dismissed Shane Watson (13) and returned to remove Ed Cowan off the next delivery.
James Anderson was not going to be silent with his junior firing on all cylinders. <br><br> He bowled the Aussie skipper while he was still to open his account.<br><br> Steve Smith and Phil Hughes will resume the innings on Day 2.