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Anderson, Bell make it England’s day at Edgbaston

Australia bowled out for 136 in 36.4 overs before rain stops host on 133/3 at stumps

Anderson, Bell make it England’s day at Edgbaston - Cricket News
James Anderson raises the match ball after claiming his fifth wicket.
James Anderson returned the best figures of his Ashes career as England took charge on the first day of the third Test against Australia at Edgbaston on Wednesday (July 29).
 
Anderson took 6 for 47 as Australia slumped to 136 all out inside 37 overs after winning the toss and batting in overcast conditions. At stumps, England was three runs adrift of Australia at 133 for 3 in its reply. Joe Root was 30 not out and Jonny Bairstow was unbeaten on one at stumps, which was taken early because of rain.
 
Ian Bell, under pressure following a run of poor returns, had made a fluent 53 before giving his wicket away against Nathan Lyon, whose 2 for 3 in two overs helped Australia limit the damage somewhat.
 
Earlier, Australia was indebted to Chris Rogers, who scored 52, with Adam Voges's 16 the next best score.
 
At Lord's, where Australia hit back after England won the first Test in Cardiff by 169 runs, Anderson had gone wicketless. But the conditions at Edgbaston were ideal for Anderson, who needed just eight balls to take his first wicket when David Warner was lbw on the back foot for two.
 
Steven Finn, playing his first Test in two years after Mark Wood was ruled out with an ankle problem, then took two wickets for two runs in nine balls. Steven Smith, the world's No. 1 Test batsman, fell for seven when squared up by a good length ball he edged low to Alastair Cook at first slip. Finn's yorker then clean bowled Clarke for just ten.
 
Australia had no answer to Anderson in the second session.
 
Mitchell Marsh was caught behind for a duck and Peter Nevill was bowled for two when leaving the ball. Rogers's resistance of more than three-and-a-half hours ended when he was lbw to Stuart Broad, having faced 89 balls and hit nine fours. Anderson the wrapped up the innings when he bowled last man Lyon.
 
In England’s reply, Adam Lyth's poor run continued when he fell for ten, chasing a wide Josh Hazlewood delivery, which first slip Voges caught at the second attempt.
 
Cook and Bell were rarely troubled until the former was dismissed for 34 when Voges held a full-blooded pull off Lyon at forward short-leg.
 
Bell was in superb touch on his Warwickshire home ground, cover-driving Marsh to spark a sequence of three fours in as many balls off the allrounder. Another boundary, off Mitchell Starc, took him to a 51-ball fifty with ten fours.
 
But Bell carelessly holed out off Lyon when a miscued drive was caught by Warner, running back from short midwicket.

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