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  1. Root unbeaten 124 for England
  2. Australia all out for 60 in 18.3 overs
  3. Shortest first innings in Test history
  4. Stuart Broad 8-15 in 9.3 overs
  5. England won toss (lead series 2-1)

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By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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I don't think there's anything more to say, is there? At some point over the next few days, England will regain the Ashes.

I'll leave you with a quite remarkable scorecard. Goodbye.


Is there a better batsman in world cricket than Joe Root?! Not on todays evidence!!! Bowler friendly conditions & another masterclass!

Day one round-up

Here's a round-up of our content so far on a quite remarkable day:

And there's plenty more to come - a Jonathan Agnew column, Pint-sized Ashes, Ashes Social and player quotes...

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Steven Chadwick: 14 wickets in a day. England averaging 5 an over!? Who said Test cricket was boring!?

i61Pastor: A Utopian day of cricket.

Matthew Marrs: If Carlsberg did Test matches...

Player reaction

BBC Radio Test Match Special

England bowler Stuart Broad on TMS: "It's the best day that I can remember for the first day of a Test match. To have a 214-run lead is very special.

"We got the ball in a really good area, we didn't go searching for wickets. That first wicket really gave me a bit of a boost. Alastair Cook managed to convince me that it was a bowl-first wicket and he's sitting there really smug now.

"We all had dinner with Bob Willis last night and he was great - he just encouraged us to enjoy it."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Cook's 40-odd was really important - he grafted when the ball was still moving. Joe Root was magnificent - he is one of the world's best already. He sees the ball early and plays it early."

Player reaction

England bowler Stuart Broad on Sky Sports: "It has been one of the best first days I've ever been involved in. Trevor [Bayliss] has been great just telling us to do it our way and that is what we have done.

"That is my best bowling in all cricket I think. It settled my nerves getting the early wicket and the way we caught is special. That Spain trip has paid off."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I never had any doubts that Broad would bowl well. He has been bowling well since Barbados, he's been bowling with lovely rhythm, and eventually it's paid off. Making flat pitches to negate Mitchell Johnson's pace, like at Lord's, was the wrong approach. I have never met Trevor Bayliss in my life, but he could see that our fast-medium bowlers were cannon fodder when it doesn't move, and very dangerous when it does."

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John Lenihan: Massive respect to Michael Clarke facing the press after a day like today.

Josh Payne: I feel genuinely sorry for Michael Clarke.

Joe Root

Could Australia find any way back into this match? Not with Joe Root around. Cutting and driving his way to a second hundred of the series, more than double Australia's total on his own. Support came from Jonny Bairstow, clips through the leg side bringing his first Test half-century for two years. England close 274-4, 214 ahead.

More from Michael Clarke: "It was a tough day, no doubt. It was a good toss to win but I thought Broad's execution was spot on. They held on to their chances. The wicket dried out but they batted really well, especially Joe Root.

"It is hard right now. I am disappointed but you have to say it is one day down and find a way. We have to bowl England out and then bat as long again.

"I don't think it was our aggression that cost us the wickets. It was good bowling. Sometimes you nick everything and today was one of those. We don't give up. We have to find a way but we need something special."

Player reaction

Australia captain Michael Clarke on Sky Sports: "I'm really disappointed with how the day has turned out, but it's only one day down. We've got to find a way.

I think we were mentally up for the fight, obviously it doesn't look like we were, but I don't want to take anything away from Stuart Broad, and England were brilliant in the field.

"We tried to defend and got out and we tried to play shots and got out. I don't think it was the aggression that got us out - I tried to be aggressive and with that comes risk.

"We weren't as good as we need to be with the ball, but it doesn't help when you've only got 60 runs. We can still find a way to save Ashes, but we've got to fight."

Australia's players walk off
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Eight for Broad, one each for Mark Wood and Steven Finn. Australia all out in 18.4 overs, the shortest first innings in Test history, the first time in Ashes cricket that extras top scored, only the fourth time that both teams have batted before lunch on the first day of a Test match. Australia humiliated.

Michael Clarke is talking to the media. Interesting. You don't often see the captain during the match unless he's done something good. Skipper fronting up, or was he pushed out of the door?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"One team bowled very well. Broad bowled good rhythm, a bit of bounce and good line and length. It was quality seam bowling but even if Australia had batted anything like they would have looked to be 60-2. But they batted like lemmings going over a cliff. It is the worst Australia batting I have seen in 50 years. They played like they do in Australia on harder, bouncier pitches."

Listen to all 10 Australia wickets as they happened on

Test Match Special.

Looking back, it's still hard to argue that Australia have anyone but themselves to blame. It was a good toss for England to win and Broad bowled beautifully, but Baggy Green after Baggy Green fell in the same way. Ball fall of length, no feet, push hard at the ball, edge. All eight of Broad's victims were caught in the slips.

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Joe Root

BÖÖM!: What. A. Day.

Andy Donley: That surely has to go down as one of the most one-sided days in Test cricket history.

Peter Whiteley: I see England finished on 274-4 today. Decent but we wont know how good a total that is until Australia have a bat.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

England players celebrate

"Not in their wildest dreams would Alastair Cook and his team have anticipated anything like this. Joe Root's was a great Ashes innings, but it was the secondary performance of the day, after Stuart Broad's 8-15. Australia look increasingly abject."

That really is a first-day scorecard, England really do have a lead of 214 runs. Stuart Broad really did take 8-15 this morning. Australia really were bowled out for 60.

If you still don't believe it, you can listen to that Aussie procession once more

right here.

Close of play scorecard

England 274-4 (65 overs) - lead by 214 runs

Not out batsmen: Root 124 from 158 balls, Wood 2

Fall of wickets: 32-1 (Lyth 14), 34-2 (Bell 1), 96-3 (Cook 43), 269-4 (Bairstow 74)

Bowling figures: Starc 17-1-73-3, Hazlewood 20-4-63-1, Johnson 16-2-71-0, Lyon 9-1-38-0, Warner 3-0-18-0

Australia 60 all out (18.3 overs)

Fall of wickets: 4-1 (Rogers 0), 10-2 (Warner 0), 10-3 (Smith 6), 15-4 (Shaun Marsh 0), 29-6 (Clarke 10), 33-7 (Voges 1), 46-8 (Nevill 2), 47-9 (Johnson 13), 60-10 (Starc 1)

Bowling figures: Broad 9.3-5-15-8, Wood 3-0-13-1, Finn 6-0-21-1

Full scorecard

Eng 274-4 (lead by 214)

It has taken an age for Australia to drag themselves off the pitch. I'm not sure I'd want to face the truths coming in their dressing room, either.

Jim Maxwell

BBC Test Match Special

"The ground should rise to salute an extraordinary innings from Joe Root. It was mayhem in the morning, and at some point England look sure to regain the Ashes."

Close of play

Eng 274-4

That is it, the end of perhaps England's greatest day of Ashes cricket ever. They have bowled Australia out for 60 then racked up 274-4. They have one hand on sport's tiniest trophy. Australia have been steamrollered.

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Stuart Mitchell: I agree with sending in the nightwatchman, save Stokes, Buttler, Ali and Broad for a tiring attack tomorrow for a 500+ run push.

Gavin Street: It's not a night watchman - they've just decided to reverse the order!

Joffan: Why send Wood? Can't believe that Broad didn't get sent out to bat.

Eng 274-4

Michael Clarke, Adam Voges and Peter Nevill

Starc bowling heat-seeking in-duckers, Wood unmoved even when he gets the ball to fine leg. Michael Clarke looks close to shedding a tear. One ball remains.

Eng 274-4

Probably the last over, Mitchell Starc to bowl it, Mark Wood turning down singles to take the strike.

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Adam C-S: Love that England have sent Wood out as Nightwatchman -- they're essentially saying 'we are NOWHERE near done with this innings.'

Tattz: Wood is no mug with the bat. He could outscore Australia too!

Matthew Vernon: I refer you to Jason Gillespie, who made a double hundred as a nightwatchman...

Eng 274-4 (lead by 214)

Having said that, with Wood playing this sort of pull shot, he might have been sent it to have a dart. Shadows lengthening, landlords around Trent Bridge warming up for the close-of-play rush. Ooohhhh, edge from Joe Root, just falling short of Michael Clarke at second slip. They were carrying this morning. Chin up, Pup.

Jim Maxwell

BBC Test Match Special

"The sight of David Warner bowling on the first day had you looking the other way. It showed up Australia's selection. And at the start of this series, Australia were so confident that this attack would knock England over quickly."

Eng 273-4 (lead by 213)

Still Nathan Lyon in the gloom, what sounds like one helluva party going on in the stands. A couple and a single to Root, officially twice as a good as Australia on his own. Still struggling with the idea of the nightwatchman, though. Unless it shows England's intent to bat until Saturday for a lead of 600.

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JoElle: Disaster as England lose their 4th wicket only 209 ahead.

Merlyn: A night watchman?!? Attacking cricket?!! Dark ages. Get out there and bat.

James Gutteridge: ‏For a nightwatchman Mark Wood is a pretty canny batsman

Eng 269-4 (Hazlewood 19-4-62-1)

Believe it or not, England have sent Mark Wood out as the nightwatchman. I'm not really sure what there is to be tentative about, except the state of Joe Root's back. He's having more painful treatment. Looking again, that was a real bonus wicket for Australia, nothing more than leg-stump filth. Jonny Bairstow's maiden ton goes begging.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Jonny Bairstow
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"He's furious with himself, because he thought there might be a hundred there. It looked like bread and butter to him, he usually clips the ball well off his leg. But Jonny Bairstow is back."


Bairstow c Rogers b Hazlewood 74 (Eng 269-4)

Where on earth has that come from? Out of nowhere, Jonny Bairstow's fun ends with a clip straight to the bread basket of Chris Rogers at square leg. Josh Hazlewood the bowler, somehow picking up a late consolation with what was basically a leg-stump half-volley. That stand was worth 173, almost three times what the Aussies managed.

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"Joe Root is the third player in Test history to double the opposing team's score on the first day of a Test match, after Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen."

Eng 269-3 (lead by 208)

Root, by the way, now has twice as many runs on his own than the whole Australia team managed between them. There are about 15 minutes to go in the day.

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"It's only the fourth time in Test history that a team batting second has had a lead of 200 by the end of the first day."