Day one recap
We review all the action and bring you the best reaction, analysis and opinion as this summer's Ashes got underway in explosive style at Trent Bridge
Last Updated: 10/07/13 10:07pm
England looked to be in trouble after being dismissed for just 215, but the tourists struggled to capitalise as they were reduced to 75-4 by the close.
After a frantic day's play, we bring you the best of the action, reaction and opinion.
Wickets tumble on day one
The waiting was finally over as the two captains - Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke - came out into the middle for the toss. The England skipper won the coin flip and decided to bat, but by the start of the evening session he may have been regretting that decision after seeing his side bowled out for 215. However, England fought back in the remaining overs to claim four Australian wickets, including that of Clarke for a six-ball duck.
Best of the day
With so much action to look back on, we were spoilt for choice when deciding on our man of the day and pick of the day. It was a day dominated by the ball and Peter Siddle ultimately got the nod as the best player after he returned figures of 5-50. There were plenty of other highlights, including the ball of the day, catch of the day, best moment for the crowd, a comedic review and Australia's shock selection of Ashton Agar.
Siddle removed five of England's top seven and was understandably pleased with his efforts at the end of the day. "I probably didn't start off as I would have liked in my first four overs, but after that I did my job and come out with five which was handy," he said. Steven Finn, who claimed two wickets is as many balls later in the day, still thinks his side are well placed. "We would definitely have liked to get more runs on the board, especially after winning the toss, but that fightback in the end leaves us in a strong position," he added.
Botham: Swann will strike
England's star spinner Graeme Swann was something of a peripheral figure on day one. The 34-year-old made just one run with the bat and bowled just three overs, for the loss of 12 runs and the gain of no wickets. However, Sir Ian Botham is certain that he will have a big say in the outcome of the match. "I think Graeme Swann will come into the game more and more as it goes on," Beefy said. "There are already signs of turn and it is a very dry surface."
Strauss: Nerves played a part
Andrew Strauss led England to victory in the last two Ashes series, so the newest addition to the Sky Sports commentary box is better placed than most to analyse the reasons behind the glut of wickets on day one. Strauss believes that nerves are the "obvious explanation" for the high number of loose shots played by both sides over the course of the day. The former England skipper also singled out James Anderson's dismissal of Clarke as one of his highlights of the day.
David Lloyd was his typically colourful self when looking back on the day's action at Trent Bridge. As well as a sly dig at Nasser Hussain's waistline and an amusing misinterpretation of the Test-opening display by the Red Arrows, Bumble's blog focused on how much swing the pacemen enjoyed. "What we are waiting for is a batsman to score 50," he said. "The ball has been swinging like a 60s suburban key party and it's going to be the same again tomorrow. Can't wait."
Nasser Hussain used Sky Cricket's new analysis centre to run the rule of over all the key battles from the opening day. Nasser paid particularly close attention to the way Australia's pace bowlers dealt with England batsman Jonathan Trott as they opted for a wider off-side line in a bid to induce a false shot. "Michael Clarke is a very good captain and quickly after lunch he got them to bowl outside off-stump," Nasser said. Click here for the rest of the video analysis of day one.