Trent Bridge, 1st Ashes Test, Day 1
The selectors pulled a swift one throwing 19-year-old Ashton Agar a baggy green and a surprise test debut at the expense of Nathan Lyon. Steve Smith got the nod over Dave Warner. Shortly thereafter it was announced that Warner was being put on a plane and sent to Zimbabwe to meet up with Australia A in order for him to get some batting under his belt. Siddle proved to everyone why talk of him being left out of the side was total nonsense and proceeded to rip through the English middle order to take 5 for 50. The Poms folded for just 215 not long after tea and then returned fire to skittle the Aussie top 4 for not many at all. Cowan in his new – at least for the moment – spot of first drop made a golden duck. Clarke moved up to number 4 and he too made a duck. The Aussies finished 4 for 75 at stumps leaving Steve Smith and Phil Hughes the job of saving face on day 2 against Jimmy Anderson and co, hopefully putting together some sort of first innings lead.