Ashes 2019 LIVE: England vs Australia cricket score and commentary stream from first Test at Edgbaston
JC News|Aug. 05, 2019
Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Ashes.
England will attempt to negate a turning pitch and a buoyant Australia side as they look to mount a 90-over rearguard on the final day of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
There has not been a drawn Test on these shores for over three years and the last time England batted out a full day to save the game was a decade ago when last-wicket pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar survived in another Ashes opener at Cardiff.
The tourists held all the cards on day four, piling up a 397-run lead as Steve Smith followed his first-innings 144 with another brilliant 142 - the fifth Australian to make twin tons against the old enemy - and Matthew Wade made 110.
A slightly belated declaration left England facing just seven overs before stumps and, although spinner Nathan Lyon extracted plenty of spin in that time, Rory Burns and Jason Roy saw things through.
So sit back and let Will Macpherson and Tom Dutton take you through the first Test.
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2001 | Australia win 4-1
Their seventh straight Ashes win as they handed out thrashings at Edgbaston, Lord’s and Trent Bridge. Then, at Headingley, Mark Butcher’s 173* pulled one back as England chased 315. Skipper Steve Waugh returned from injury at the Oval to score a century and secure the series. Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne shared 63 wickets.
2005 | England win 2-1
The greatest series. 17 wickets fell on the opening day at Lord’s as McGrath’s brilliance carried Australia to victory. But when he went down injured at Edgbaston, England roared back, then dominated the draw at Old Trafford. At Trent Bridge, they crept home in another classic, then just held Australia off at the Oval thanks to a century from Kevin Pietersen.
2009 | England win 2-1
This series did not lack drama. At Cardiff, James Anderson and Monty Panesar batted for 69 balls to save the draw, then Andrew Flintoff’s final five-for sealed success at Lord’s. Australia followed a draw at Edgbaston with a thumping win at Headingley. That took it to the wire at the Oval, where Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott propelled England to victory.
2013 | England win 3-0
An oft-forgotten series, partly because England were in the early stages of falling apart following an extraordinary run in which they reached World No1. England won a nailbiter at Trent Bridge, then comfortably at Lord’s. A draw at Old Trafford ensured the hosts retained the Urn before going 3-0 up at Durham, where Ian Bell (right) made his third century of the series.
2015 | England win 3-2
Australia won in London when the pitches were flat, England elsewhere when the pitches were livelier. Joe Root’s century set up victory at Cardiff, before Australia hitback at Lord’s. England then won at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, where Stuart Broad’s 8-15 decided the series. Australia easily took the finale at The Oval but it was Alastair Cook celebrating
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