Wickets tumble as England suffer Broad injury scare
The Ashes began yesterday in a fever pitch of excitement and a welter of wickets. England batted first and made 215, suffering a trademark collapse, and by the close of play Australia were 75 for 4.
England’s captain Alastair Cook was out first, for 13, and Kevin Pietersen was dismissed for just 14 before England were all out after 59 overs. Peter Siddle finished with figures of 5-50.
Andy Flower’s side responded brilliantly with the ball as Steven Finn dismissed Shane Watson (13) and removed Ed Cowan the very next ball, while James Anderson bowled Michael Clarke for a duck and trapped Chris Rogers lbw for 16.
England will hope Stuart Broad, above, will be able to rejoin their bowling attack today after a bruised arm prevented him from taking part in their opening burst at Australia.
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