Ashes 2015 live: Centurion Joe Root excels but Australia hit England with late sucker punch on first day in Cardiff

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Welcome to our live coverage of The Ashes 2015 as England take on Australia in the first Test at Cardiff.


  • Lyth caught off Hazlewood for 6
  • Cook caught off Lyon for 20
  • Bell comes and goes for 1 as Starc gets him lbw

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England fans have been given some hope before things begin after seeing a rejuvenated side draw the two-Test series with New Zealand and win the one-day series 3-2 and triumph in the sole Twenty20 encounter.

Yet when they face Australia in the first Test, England will stare in the eye many of the side that handed them a humiliating 5-0 whitewash in the last Ashes series in 2013/14. England have not lost on home soil since 2001, and they'll be desperate to get their hands back on the Urn that they lost last time out.


July 8-12 (11am): First Investec Test, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

July 16-20 (11am): Second Investec Test, Lord's

July 29-August 2 (11am): Third Investec Test, Edgbaston

August 6-10 (11am): Fourth Investec Test, Trent Bridge

August 20-24 (11am): Fifth Investec Test, Kia Oval