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A mini recovery
Travis Head has come out playing positively. Most importantly it's the footwork that will have pleased those guys in the Australian dressing room. England, it can be said, have allowed things to drift a bit since reducing Australia to 35/3.
Keeping an eye on Anderson, though. He should have come back for another spell. Is he suffering from an injury? Remember, he did go off the park after his first four-over spell. Hasn't bowled since.
^^ Olly Stone and Sam Curran have also been released to play in the T20 Blast tomorrow.
Another wicket, another review
It's not been a good umpiring day. Joel Wilson, newly inducted into the Elite Panel, is impermeable by this appeal. A thin edge though, as Woakes darts one across the left-hander from over the wicket. Khawaja jabs, edges and has to walk back after England's successful review.
Drinks at Edgbaston
"First drinks of 2019 Ashes" is something I want to jump on but I'm too old for that. England have bossed the first hour here. Stuart Broad was on a "sandpaper hattrick", having picked both Bancroft and Warner, but Smith has steadied the ship somewhat. Can see Ben Stokes on the top of his mark as the cricket nears. What will this hour have for us?
Smith doing his thing
Regularly beaten by Broad in the absence of Anderson, who was on a "big break" according to one of our correspondents, but he's still there. Woakes's full and straight line hasn't seemed to work, nor has a slightly wide line from Broad. But how long can you bowl *that* channel outside off? Six overs for Broad in his first spell so far. Anderson bowled only four but that may have to do with something else.
Deepu's corner: Three bowlers have dismissed Steve Smith six times each (the most) in Test cricket: Anderson, Broad & Yasir Shah. However, Smith averages 63 against Anderson and 46 against Broad.
Broad gets Bancroft too
A copybook off-drive and then falls the next ball. Broad's been full all this morning. So full that the commentary box has been jittery for a while, but a bit of a drag-back on the length and he's been rewarded. Seams away, Bancroft plays off the back foot and edges behind. The commentators are always right.
Broad gets Warner.......
But wait before you jump up and down on your couch. Yes Warner is out, seemingly plumb to a full and incoming ball, but did you wait for the ball-tracking, did you? It said the ball was going down leg! Wow. So Broad wastes a review on Warner and then gets him with a ball that's missing the stumps... poetic, very poetic.
And boos are all I hear as Warner walks back but I'm not sure the crowd was booing the batsman there. Could well be the design on the back of his shirt. Yea, the number and names look weird. Too big a font and honestly, not required.
England review... and lose it
Looked too high, always. "Natural bounce with the new ball," Bumble stresses on air. Broad, running in from round the wicket to the left-hander, pins Warner on the front pad. But the ball's missing the stumps. Going way over it, like it looked to the naked eye. There you go, Warner. You have already robbed them of a review hah!
Broad gets an edge first ball.. *DRAMA ALERT*
Broad starts from round the wicket, bowls it way down the leg-side to the left-hander and Warner's somehow managed to edge it. An edge so low, so inconspicuous that nobody felt there was one. And who edges a ball that wide down leg, like really? Well, now we know. Slowmos show that it wasn't a bump ball either: low edge that carries to Jonny Bairstow, who even went up but the appeal lacked the venom of a normal Bairstow rigidappeal, and Broad didn't seem too keen either. I'm ending this freeform with a Warner grin emoji. Drama's begun.
It's all started... with boos
David Warner and Cameron Bancroft walk out, with number pasted on the back of their shirts ("looks like a county fixture," my neighbour comments) and boos pounding their eardrums. Tim Paine hasn't made it easier for them; Edgbaston now will try to prove that it's among the 15 most intimidating grounds in the world. The pitch, by the way, looks brown and a belter. Not so much when Anderson had one swinging past Bancroft, making him look like a man walking on coal-fire!
Warner. Bancroft. Anderson. Broad. Let it beginnnnnnnnnnnnnn
TOSS: Australia opt to bat
And yes, as many expected, it's Peter Siddle who's been picked over Josh Hazlewood. James Pattinson will also play his first Test since February 2016. County form, recent form picked over "potential", which shouldn't be such a bad thing for Australia. Justin Langer and Tim Paine have clearly tried to break away the hyped troika of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins, who spurred on an indifferent summer at home last year. England, on the other hand, haven't picked Jofra after announcing the XI yesterday, no. Life surprises but there's a limit to what it can do, right.
How's the weather, Vithushan?
"It started overcast here but the clouds have opened up and there's nothing but blue above the wicket. Feels like a good toss to win. As seems to be the way with English pitches, you don't want to be batting last," he pings from the Lord's press box, assumably typing as the tie knot holds his wind-pipe hostage.
Burning questions (I miss emojis, cricbuzz)
And there are a lot. How will Jason Roy, who doesn't even open for his county, fare as an opener in Test cricket? How will Joe Root's new stint at No 4 work? Will Australia pick Peter Siddle over Josh Hazlewood? Is Mitch Starc really not playing? And is Tim Paine earth's latest on the moon?
Here's our preview for the Test match, nicely done by Rob Johnston. Vithushan Ehantharajah looks at the wider picture and talks about the rivalry, and its similarities and differences with IndoPak.
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