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Summary

  1. Close of play: England 133-3 (29 overs)
  2. Last wkt: Bell (53) - Eng 132-3
  3. Australia 136 all out (James Anderson 6-47)
  4. Chris Rogers 52, no other batsman passes 16
  5. Unchanged Australia won the toss

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    So England are hoping for the sun to come out tomorrow, wanting conditions to be better for batting than they were today.

    Can the home side take an unbreakable hold over this match and move towards a lead in this 2015 Ashes series? Join us in the morning to find out.

  2. Post update

    More from England paceman James Anderson on Sky Sports: "I've done some great work in the nets with Ottis Gibson over the last few days.

    "Steven Finn has had a tough 18 months and worked so hard to get back in the Test side, so everyone in the dressing-room's delighted for him and he looked a threat.

    "Conditions were in the bowlers' favour here today with the rain and the lights on, the more sun gets on the pitch it'll be easier to bat, so hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow."

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    Steven Finn

    Geoffrey says England are in the perfect position. Do you agree with him? Share your views with the BBC Radio 5 live Ashes Social, which has just got under way.

  4. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are in the perfect position. They couldn't have dreamed of this after Lord's. They will just be saying to go in show patience, discipline and bat. Bell and Lyth gave their wickets away and they need to stop doing that. Make them bowl you out."

  5. Post update

    Bell couldn't get to the close, a ridiculous slog at Lyon getting hit caught at mid-wicket. The returning Jonny Bairstow saw Joe Root through to the final, terminal rain break. England only three behind with seven first-innings wickets in hand.

  6. Post update

    Adam Lyth played a horrible loose drive to be caught behind, Alastair Cook was unbelievably unlucky to pull a Nathan Lyon long hop straight to the guts of Adam Voges at short leg. England, though, will be most pleased with the eye-catching drives that took Ian Bell to a much-needed half-century.

  7. Post update

    England paceman James Anderson on Sky Sports: "We're very happy, especially after losing the toss, we created pressure to get them out for a low score and then the guys batted well.

    "There was a large percentage of bad shots from them, but saying that, Chris Rogers was watchful and then put away the bad ball.

    "The pitch carried more than Lord's, so Broady and I discussed that trying to hit the pitch hard, wobble the ball and hit the seam on a full length was going to do more than swinging it, and it worked well for us."

  8. Post update

    Could Australia find the assistance that aided England? In short, no. Too many loose deliveries, wickets attained through some poor shots and one very big slice of luck.

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    Australia opener Chris Rogers on the dizzy spells he suffered at Lord's: "I was desperate to play. Even to miss the last day of Lord's, they're memories you miss, but I've got the all-clear and there was nothing to stop me playing here.

    "It's nice to see Steven Finn back, though I don't think he liked it when I pulled him. We just need more balls in the right area to make England defend."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I am pleased for Steven Finn. Two years ago I saw him and thought we were lucky to have him and then he had all that trouble clipping the wickets that caused them to try and change his action.

    "He gets wickets and he gets them at a cheap rate. Anyone like that, you have him in your team, you put him in your pocket and carry him around with you.

    "It is a God-given gift to get wickets."

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    Australia opener Chris Rogers on Sky Sports: "Very disappointing, we won the toss but England put us under pressure and we didn't respond. You have to give their attack credit, but there's times when you have to fight, and some of the shot selection... we needed to have a better day.

    "The pitch was quick enough, it took the edge and carried and England exploited it well and hit the right lengths. It's going to be tough throughout the game, there's enough grass on the pitch but there's cracks in it too so it could be difficult in the fourth innings, but we're behind the game at the moment."

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  13. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a different scenario to Lord's but I don't think anyone expected Australia to bat as badly as they did.

    "The pitch did a bit but you needed to bat sensibly. You needed to pick off the balls and be patient. Some of the shot playing beggared belief. All out for 136 was probably 20 too many from the way they played.

    "The pitch dried out and it didn't do so much. But Australia have dug themselves a hole that I don't think they will get out of."

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    And then the James Anderson-induced carnage. Four wickets for seven runs in 19 balls after lunch. Swinging the ball round trees to remove Voges, Marsh, Nevill and Johnson. Only Chris Rogers stood firm for 52, but when he went, Australia were rolled for 136. Anderson's 6-47 his best Ashes figures.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison sometimes caused problems here with the ball coming out of the hospitality boxes at the far end - and if you're Steven Finn at six foot seven, you can cause a few."

  16. Post update

    In his first Test over for more than two years, Finn had the world's number one batsman, Steve Smith, edging behind. He followed that up with a yorker to remove Michael Clarke. It was the Finn of old - pace and line. Australia 72-3 at lunch.

  17. Post update

    Alastair Cook said he would have batted too, so was probably mighty relieved when he saw the movement his bowlers got both in the air and off the seam. David Warner pinned leg before by a James Anderson nip-backer, but the real story of the morning session was the rebirth of Steven Finn.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Remarkably topsy turvy. To think England were bowled out at Lord's in 37 overs and couldn't have played worse. I wasn't quite so sure at the decision to bat by Clarke. If the ball is moving around in England, you're risking having to take on two superb fast bowlers in Broad and Anderson. Anderson is right there in the pantheon of great fast bowlers."

  19. Post update

    It seems a long time ago that Michael Clarke called correctly and won the toss, doesn't it? That's pretty much the only thing that has gone right for the Australia skipper today.

  20. Close-of-play scorecard

    Scorecard
  21. Close of play

    Eng 133-3

    Yep, the rain has had the final say. We won't be back out before 19:00, so stumps have been drawn. It's grey in Birmingham, but that won't matter to England, who have had a day they could only have dreamed of. Lose the toss, bowl Australia out for 136, get to 133-3. They are in the pound to regain the lead in this series.

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  24. Post update

    Hmmm, it doesn't look like those covers are going anywhere just yet. Counting down to that 19:00 cut-off now.

  25. Post update

    Are the covers coming off, or are they simply repositioning them? Hard to tell.

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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A fantastic day's Test cricket. I thought there would be a bit in it for the seamers early on, as there should be in Test match cricket, but England put it in great areas, got the seam movement from the wicket and put Australia under pressure - they got them fiddling outside off stump."

  27. Post update

    Australia leave the field

    The square is now entirely covered by those dirty white sheets. There's lots of groundstaff out there. Plenty of spectators remain in the stands, so it's not heavy enough to drive them away. We might not be done yet.

  28. Scorecard update

    Scorecard
  29. Rain stops play

    Eng 133-3

    England leave the field

    The dome-like hovercover protects the wicket, while the white sheets are rolled out across the square. With how long it takes to get the covers on and off, this would have to be a pretty short shower for there to be more play today.

  30. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mattie Bagnall: Whoops, wild shot, but still a potentially career saving innings from Bell.

    Jonny Burgin: Why did Simon Mann have to say Bell had been "redeemed of sorts". Just asking for trouble at this stage.

    Greg: Brain fade there!

  31. Rain stops play

    Eng 133-3

    Joe Root looks to the umpires, as if pleading to get off the park. The umpires agree and the players scuttle to the pavilion. On come the covers. If we're not back by 19:00, that would be it for the day.

  32. Eng 133-3 (trail by 3)

    Not a great time for Bairstow to resume his Test career - dark, rain falling, Australia sniffing an opening. He waits for Starc, open stance, high backlift, muttering to himself. A quick single gets him off the mark. I wonder if he now must have to deal with Mitchell Johnson. Groundstaff are ready with the covers.

  33. Here's Jonny...

    Bairstow
  34. Eng 132-3 (Lyon 2-0-3-2)

    The replays make it look no better for Bell, it's almost a slog. On taking the catch, Warner was screaming, perhaps in the direction of Bell. Lyon has now bowled two overs and has removed both Cook and Bell. Jonny Bairstow is the new man, recalled after 18 months out. I suspect he will be peppered.

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    Glenn McGrath

    Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ian Bell threw his wicket away there. Give credit to Adam Voges for the Cook wicket as you see bat-pad fielders turn their backs when they see a half-tracker coming, and Voges didn't. But Bell didn't follow through with his shot and just hit it into the air."

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "He was looking to hit him over the top, it went high in the air, it was a well-judged catch and Lyon has done it again."

  37. WICKET

    Bell c Warner b Lyon 53 (Eng 132-3)

    Australia celebrate wicket of Ian Bell

    Ian Bell. Why on earth have you done that? Nathan Lyon back on, Bell looks to hit him towards Aston, completely losing his shape and eventually taking one hand off the bat. The ball goes miles into the air, but travels no distance, with David Warner running back to take the catch at mid-wicket. After such a good innings, it is a horrible, foolish way for Bell to go. Very frustrating.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "A redemption of sorts for Bell, in front of his Warwickshire supporters. He has batted beautifully - what a way to bring up your half-century. There have been one or two iffy shots, a bit like Cardiff, but he's got on with it."

  39. 50 for Ian Bell

    Eng 125-2

    Ian Bell celebrates his 50

    Well played, Ian Bell. After a poor trot, England's senior middle-order batsman marks his return to his home ground and a promotion to number three with a run-a-ball half-century. He goes there with a stroke that has characterised his innings, a lovely cover drive. England will be just as pleased with Bell's return to form as they were with their earlier bowling performance.

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  41. Eng 125-2 (trail by 11)

    It might be dark, but Joe Root is seeing it well, leaning into a Hazlewood half-volley to play the most handsome of cover drives. "Roooooooot!" Then too straight from Hazlewood, Root clipping through mid-wicket, where Mitchell Johnson does his best impression of Tower Bridge to let the ball underneath his dive. Is the bigger cheer for the boundary or the Johnson error? Don't discount Hazlewood, mind. A near-unplayable outswinger squares up Root and misses off stump by a coat of varnish.

  42. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia need to restrict England now and bowl some maidens. If they bowl the ball in the right place often enough, they'll get wickets. But it's easy to say that from here."

  43. Close!

    Eng 115-2

    Jonny Bairstow waits with his pads on, contemplating his first Test innings for over 18 months. Starc angles the ball across Root, who controls an edge to third man for four. Eeessshhh, nothing controlled about this, a proper edge that doesn't carry to Voges at first slip. Still something out there for the bowlers - have Australia simply not got it right as often as England did?

  44. Eng 110-2 (trail by 26 runs)

    It's dark, I'm hearing rumours of rain in Birmingham city centre. I'd be pretty stunned if we get through to that 19:23 cut-off time without any more of the wet stuff. The floodlights are on, reflecting off the shiny side of the ball and the stickers on Joe Root's bat. Nice from Hazlewood, moving the ball away from Root, who ends the over with a single.

  45. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ian Bell bats

    Andrew Tuffnell: Great to see Bell batting like the player he is! Top class batting! #HesBack

    JoElle: ‏Ian Bell is BACK!

    Amanda Rutter: Umm, who is this Ian Bell chap? I don't recognise him from the rest of the summer

  46. Scorecard update

    Scorecard
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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bell is in impish mood now. He spoke about this before the game, saying what has he got to worry about, batting at three and playing on his home ground. He has carried that onto the pitch."

  48. Drinks break

    Eng 109-2

    Where has this Ian Bell been hiding? Backed with some home comforts, a promotion to number three and some long half-volleys from Mitchell Starc, Bell twice sends dreamy covers drives to the boundary. Michael Clarke has his head in his hands, sending a sweeper to the off-side fence. When he won the toss this morning, he can't have imagined his team would be all out and he'd need a boundary fielder for Ian Bell. Oh, Belly! Late cut for four takes us to drinks. Sir Bell of Birmingham - he's on 47.

  49. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Astronaut

    Another look at the scorecard for England's out-of-this-world bowling performance, courtesy of Alec Whitwell in Coventry.

  50. Eng 97-2 (trail by 39)

    Hazlewood angles his run towards the new stand, a looming, blue structure that climbs miles into the sky. Ooofff, that's a beauty, nipping away off the seam and beating the grope of Bell. It's getting darker, more rain? There's a dirty black cloud overhead.

  51. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "What I think often happens when your team has been bowled out cheaply, it is almost human nature to chase the game. If England were chasing 300, the Australia bowlers would be more patient. Going hell for leather for wickets is often counter-productive."

  52. Eng 92-2

    Joe Root isn't taking this Johnson bumper barrage on the chin - not if he can help it. Bouncer, top-edged hook... six over the keeper's head. Johnson has his hand on his chin, stroking like an evil genius coming up with a new plan. More derogatory songs from the crowd, words from Johnson to Root. I think it was "good shot, Joe".

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  54. Eng 86-2 (Bell 30, Root 7)

    Only the one, successful, over for Nathan Lyon, with Josh Hazlewood back to replace him under an iron sky. Too leg-side from Hazlewood, with Root clipping fine for four then again in the same direction for a single. Edgbaston crowd back into the action - they don't stay down for long.

  55. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Parker: Australia using the "If you can't be good be lucky" approach there

    Merlyn: That catch shouldn't count… I'm old fashioned and think you have to look at it.

    Flemming Jensen: ‏That did NOT just happen.......

  56. Eng 81-2 (trail by 55)

    The arrival of Root sees Johnson summoned again - Root had a touch of trouble with Johnson's head-seekers at Lord's. The wicket has just quietened Edgbaston, whilst Michael Clarke is wearing a smile for the first time since he won the toss. Johnson has Root hopping about, then Bell pinned on the back foot. He's got the speedo cranked about 92mph. There's no bowling to the left and right here, just serious pace.

  57. Caught in the pocket?

    Jonathan Trott takes a catch in his pocket

    Watch this video on the BBC Sport website to see Ed Joyce caught at short leg in 2009... by Jonathan Trott's pocket as he tried to leap out of the way!

  58. Eng 78-2 (Lyon 1-0-2-1)

    The replays make it all the more unreal. Most people in the ground were looking towards the leg-side boundary, instead Voges was celebrating and telling the Aussies it was all planned. It will give Australia a much-needed lift because, before that, they were flatter than a Staffordshire oatcake. Joe Root the new man.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I was looking initially to the square leg boundary. He rocked back to a short ball and hit it cleanly and Voges was covering up so he didn't get hit and the ball lodged in his midriff, in his jumper. Cook played really well and that is a bonus wicket."

  60. WICKET

    Cook c Voges b Lyon 34 (Eng 76-2)

    Alastair Cook is caught out

    Extraordinary. You will never, ever see a wicket quite like this. Adam Voges has somehow caught Alastair Cook without knowing where the ball is. The off-spin of Nathan Lyon for the first time, short, Cook hammering a full-bloodied pull shot. Voges ducks, but the ball goes straight at him, basically lodging in his belly. That's a one in a million type of dismissal.

  61. Eng 76-1 (Cook 34, Bell 28)

    This situation, right here, is what England would want to bottle and carry around with them. Pitch looking flatter than before, ball not moving, crowd baying and Ian Bell looking something like his old self. Josh Hazlewood on for Mitchell Johnson, two successive drives followed by a clip off the pads making three successive fours. "Are you Johnson in disguise?" is the song from the stands.

  62. Eng 64-1 (Cook 34, Bell 16)

    There's some way to go yet, but this has the potential to be England's best day of Ashes cricket since when? Melbourne 2010? Marsh serves Ian Bell a leg-stump half-volley, with Mitchell Johnson running round to do the fielding... oh, Mitchell. A slide, totally misses it, goes for four. The crowd are all over him. Strike rotated, Johnson to the other side of the ground, Cook clips in his direction once more. He collects the ball, shows his machismo by flinging it about 40 yards from its intended target. Well played, Mitch.

  63. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Mitchell Johnson reacts

    "If it doesn't rocket off for Johnson you take away half his firepower. So far he hasn't been able to. That is not to say he won't during the match but he hasn't and he won't bowl you out without that."

  64. Eng 53-1 (trail by 83)

    Johnson, dark of hair and moustache, is serving up some all sorts here. Wide, then some swing, then a bumper that Bell hooks for a single. Speed in the high-80s, too straight to Cook, who clips for four. Applause, fans on their feet, waving those cards that have big number 4s printed on them.

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  66. Eng 48-1 (Cook 24, Bell 10)

    Joe Root waits with his pads on, Adam Lyth a couple of seats along. He looks thoroughly hacked off. Still the skiddy Marsh, accurate on the off stump for Cook, who pushes a couple through the off side. Nothing flashy about this England accumulation, but they are only 88 behind.

  67. Scorecard update

    Scorecard
  68. Eng 46-1

    The Barmies are in wonderful voice, singing the song about Mitchell Johnson that uses a naughty word. One that would get me the sack. Short from Johnson, but Bell is pouncing on a pull shot, going to fine leg for four. Apparently there's a beer on sale inside the ground called 'Swing King' named after James Anderson. There's also one called 'lbw', named after Shane Watson.*

    *The second part of this isn't true.

  69. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think it is a fascinating Test. If England play well tonight they have got the game. This session is the key. They will get more overs than Australia batted so we could be up and past them."

  70. Sir Peter O'Sullevan 1918-2015

    Sir Peter O'Sullevan

    And now we pause to bring you some sad news.

    Former BBC racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan has died at the age of 97.

    As a horse-racing commentator on BBC TV for half a century, O'Sullevan had one of the best-known voices in broadcasting, and was known throughout racing as 'The Voice'.

    Sir Peter died home in London after a long illness. Follow Sportsday live for tributes.

  71. Eng 38-1 (Cook 22, Bell 6)

    The Barmy Army are lubricated enough to tell us who they are, singing as Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack. Some gentle swing into the left-handed Cook, who tentatively inside edges for four. There are still 36 overs left in the day and we can play until 19:23. Might not be home in time for dinner.

  72. Ballance bouncing back

    Gary Ballance bats

    While Ian Bell scratches around in the middle, the man he replaced as England's number three batsman, Gary Ballance, is also batting, albeit 100-odd miles away at the Oval. And he's going rather well too - he's just passed 50 as Yorkshire try to chase down Surrey's 265-8 in a 50-over One-Day Cup match. It's Ballance's second fifty in two One-Day Cup matches since being dropped.

  73. Eng 34-1 (trail by 102)

    Nothing in the air for Johnson, but he is rattling it down at speeds touching 90mph. Songs from the crowd at Edgbaston as Anderson and Broad sit on the England balcony, tracksuited. They're not planning on doing any more work today. Careful, Alastair. That inside edge almost finds the man at leg gully.

  74. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is different for the Aussie bowlers bowling here today to at Lord's when they had plenty of runs on the board. In the back of their mind they know they need to get 10 wickets cheaply. Johnson is not a big mover of the ball. He is in your face with pace. If I'm batting against him, it helps knowing he doesn't move the ball much."

  75. Eng 32-1

    Thanks, Marc. My arrival is greeted by boos inside Edgbaston. I think they're for Mitchell Johnson, rather than me. Hopefully.

  76. Post update

    Adam Lyth
  77. Eng 32-1

    Ian Bell is being given a working over by Josh Hazlewood, the ball being expertly nipped off the seam this way and that. Driving the ball through the covers for three, the right-hander's happy to turn over the strike.

    And with that, my time in the commentary seat is at an end. Here's Stephan Shemilt.

  78. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    This Is My Opinion: Now the BBC Cricket 10 little notifications of delight turn to 10 dreaded notifications of shame

    Martin Smith: ‏I feel ashamed but when England bat my ears are always on alert for the @BBCSport app notification alert sound #ashamed

    Roger Scupham: How many people are like me and turn off the wicket alert when England are batting?

  79. Eng 29-1

    Alastair Cook looks in supreme nick - Mitchell Starc bowls it short and wide and clobbers four through point. The Chef is up and Cooking. The next delivery is too good though, and whistles past the outside edge.

  80. Get Involved

  81. Eng 24-1 (Cook 13, Bell 1)

    Josh Hazlewood reacts

    The England fans cheer as Josh Hazlewood drops short and Alastair Cook impressively gets over the ball and pulls to the square leg boundary.

  82. Eng 20-1

    Tip and run - Ian Bell is off the mark with a scampered single.

  83. Eng 19-1

    Ian Bell is cheered to the middle. Big innings for England's new number three.

  84. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a very poor shot. No seam, no swing, just a wide full ball that he went after. I said not to go fishing after it and that is exactly what he has done. It is sloppy play. Dumb cricket by Adam Lyth."

  85. WICKET

    Lyth c Voges b Hazlewood 10 (Eng 19-1)

    Adam Lyth is dismissed

    Oh dear. A horrible dismissal for Adam Lyth - and one which is becoming all too familiar. He nicks off to Josh Hazlewood and, after a little juggle, Adam Voges does the rest at first slip.

  86. Get Involved

  87. Eng 18-0 (Lyth 10, Cook 8)

    The outfield is rather slow since the last rain shower and Adam Lyth's nice cover drive only brings two. He gets his boundary in the end though - tickling four off his legs.

  88. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a wicket where you just have to protect your stumps. Unless it is a rank half-volley just let it go by. Starc isn't doing it for me. If I was Michael Clarke now I'd be turning to the other Mitchell, Mr Johnson."

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  90. Eng 12-0 (Lyth 4, Cook 8)

    Josh Hazlewood is getting some nice shape on that red cherry but has not got full control. The two England openers exchange singles while the Aussies slip and slide in the damp outfield. It's Mitchell Marsh who mis-fields this time.

  91. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rory Hall: Sticking the scorecard up everywhere at this juncture is tempting fate. Do it if we win.

    Jonny Burgin: Printed off the scorecard and put it in the office in Boston... No one has any idea what it means but I'm loving the view!

  92. Post update

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Here are the answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport - we asked you: the last time an Ashes Test was played at Edgbaston, who were the five players with five letter surnames?

    The answers are Stuart Broad, Graham Manou, Marcus North, Matt Prior and Graeme Swann.

    If you remembered Graham Manou, the erstwhile Aussie reserve wicketkeeper who played his one and only Test on this ground in 2009 after Brad Haddin broke a finger, well done!

  93. Eng 10-0 (trail by 126)

    Alastair Cook plays a shot

    We can play until 19:30 BST tonight to try and get the 90 overs in. Mitchell Starc is almost running in from the sightscreen but Alastair Cook is leaving the ball well. No nibbles from the skipper who dabs a single into the off side. Adam Lyth's nerves are helped when he punches two down the ground.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The conditions have improved since England were out there at the start of their innings, when Lyth was hanging on. There are patches of blue sky now."

  96. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul B: Printed off the score and stuck it to my Aussie colleague's computer screen while he was away. He wasn't amused.

  97. Post update

    Hang on. The covers are coming off, the refreshed-looking umpires are striding out purposefully and are quickly followed by the Australians. Then the England batsmen.

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    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Edgbaston

    "The tea-time band have set up right in from of the Hollies Stand, who are singing along to Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics. Well, most of them are. The Australian tour group in the front row appear distinctly unamused."

  101. Post update

    I'm loving that people are printing the scorecard out off this website. Where's the best place you've pinned it up? Can you get somebody famous to hold it up? Maybe you can sneak it into a restaurant window?

  102. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kevin Carter: Printed the AUS 1st innings score to put up. Got Caught. Boss was mid telling off when he noticed the score! Stopped instantly.

  103. Post update

    The covers are slowly being peeled back, the white sheets removed to reveal the bowlers' run-ups. Play might not be too far away.

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    Mitchell Johnson
  105. Memories of Edgbaston 1997

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Edgbaston

    "Just to dot the i's and cross the t's on David Butler's email (15:33). In 1997, Australia won the toss and chose to bat on the first day of the first Test at Edgbaston but were skittled out for 119, with Andy Caddick taking five wickets, Darren Gough three and Devon Malcolm two. A Nasser Hussain double hundred and Graham Thorpe's 138 gave England a 360-run first innings lead, and although Australia made 477 in their second innings Alec Stewart and Michael Atherton steered England to a nine-wicket win. Sadly for England, they didn't win another match until the final Test at The Oval, by which time the Ashes were safely in Australia's hands."

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Geoffrey [Boycott] has been saying this pitch has not done much. But I think some balls have done an awful lot."

  107. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is not easy out there. Starc has got the ball to move away from the left-handers.

    "It is impossible not to smile as an opener in these conditions. You are going to get beaten. Leaving the ball will be a crucial part of the game and it is an area in which Cook, during this series, has shown the way. You can frustrate the bowlers and they get impatient."

  108. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Rob in London: I might get shot down for blasphemy, but I wish Lord's wasn't used for Ashes Test matches. It can be so devoid of atmosphere. The Barmy Army really are a 12th man in these series. It was clear what the crowd's support meant to Cook in the first Test. Cardiff, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, Headingley and Oval… Perfect! Fat chance, mind!

  109. Tea

    The umpires decide to take an early tea. England, however, still have more than 44 overs to survive if we have no further interruptions.

  110. Scorecard update

    Scorecard
  111. Rain stops play

    Eng 7-0 (Cook 6, Lyth 1)

    Alastair Cook leaves the field after rain stops play

    England won't be too upset to see the rain fall and the covers come on.

  112. Get Involved

    Earlier, we said you should print the scorecard out and put it on your office wall...

  113. Eng 7-0

    Like an expert driver parking his car in a tight space, Adam Lyth leaves the ball well to Josh Hazlewood. Then, next ball up, the bowler straightens up and there's an edge behind which doesn't carry to second slip. Soft hands.

  114. Eng 7-0 (Cook 6, Lyth 1)

    Josh Hazlewood has four slips in place, but they are not in the game when he bowls on Alastair Cook's pads and the left-hander nudges three into the vast open spaces of the outfield.

  115. Eng 4-0 (trail by 132)

    I wish I had the ability of Mitchell Starc. Tall and athletic, he glides to the crease and delivers the ball at 90mph. He's almost getting too much shape at the moment. Adam Lyth grits his teeth and leaves everything he can. Just a single from the over.

  116. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Adam Lyth makes a run

    "Lyth survived the over but Hazlewood is likely to be offering the thought to him that he doesn't know how. Opening the batting, especially in these conditions, is hard - and Lyth is battling hard."

  117. Eng 3-0

    If you were in any doubt whether the Aussies could bowl well on this... well, they can. Josh Hazlewood bowls some jaffas which rip past Adam Lyth's outside edge. I hate to say it, but the opener doesn't look convincing.

  118. Text 81111

    Rob in Gloucester: Great day's cricket! That's it for me, I'm logging off and leaving it at that before the England batsmen ruin it for me.

    Peter in Yalding: A great comeback after Lord's that few saw coming, and guess what... the doom mongers are out already. If the bowlers can pull off that performance, why not the batsmen?

  119. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "How did that miss the stumps? It was a perfect yorker that hit the bottom of his bat, into the ground and over middle stump. Lyth is smiling because he knows he is lucky."

  120. Eng 2-0

    Josh Hazlewood almost squeezes a yorker underneath Adam Lyth's bat. The Yorkie left-hander then gets off the mark with a pushed single to mid-off.

  121. Eng 0-0 (Lyth 0, Cook 0)

    Adam Lyth will be delighted with England's 10-wicket haul today. But, with his opener's hat on, he must be dreading this next few hours. He gets a few verbals from Mitchell Starc when he nibbles at one which moves quite a way off the seam. This is what the ball is doing if you excuse my very poor graphic artist skills:

    Mitchell Starc
  122. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rich: 64 to avoid the follow on! #Positive

    Son of Tony: Prediction: England all out for 89 before the close of play, Cook top-scoring with 32.

    Tony: ‏Do we have to bat now? Can't we just agree that England have won this Test? :(

  123. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Rain clouds loom over Edgbaston

    "Not a nice time to bat this. Half an hour to go to tea, a menacing new ball and it is very gloomy."

  124. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Cox: ‏In response to Phil in Bristol (see 15:36), what about a classic bit of Richie Benaud commentary, perhaps "Marvellous"!

  125. Eng 0-0

    Adam Lyth faces the first ball of the England innings. Mitchell Starc to deliver it and the ball's like a boomerang before being defended by the batsman who is stuck on his crease and squared up. Gulp.

  126. Brief recap

    Australia are bowled out

    Had a busy day? Just checking in? Well, you've missed the Aussies.

    They won the toss. Batted first. Were blown away by England. James Anderson got six, Steven Finn bowling with real pace and menace, bagged two. As did Stuart Broad.

    Now England have their turn to bat.

  127. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Sefton: Man of the series so far? Rogers? Smith? Broad? Anderson? How about Gary Barwell, the Edgbaston groundsman. Thanks the heavens we have a true English wicket. Well played that man.

  128. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Let's be honest, England have some batting to do. If you are an Australian bowler you will fancy this. They have seen the length they have to bowl, especially Hazlewood and Starc, who move the ball around. Johnson, you just send out there to bowl with his usual hostility."

  129. Post update

  130. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Gavin Butler: When there's a wicket I play the BBC cricket theme by tapping a ballpoint pen on my monitor. The roar of the office then goes up.

  131. Print it out, stick it on the office wall

    Scorecard
  132. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    England leave the field after bowling out Australia

    "It has been a remarkable day at Edgbaston and England have given them a chance in this match. It is early days, though. The question is; what happens now and what do England produce when they bat?"

  133. WICKET

    Lyon b Anderson 11 (Aus 136 all out)

    Nathan Lyon is bowled

    There it is. Wicket number 10 for England and six for James Anderson as Nathan Lyon gets an inside edge on to his own stumps. He walks off to loud cheers and applause, acknowledging the crowd with a wave. Ball in hand.

  134. BBC wicket alerts

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    James Marsh: In response to Phil in Bristol (see 15:36), I'd suggest a Nelson from the Simpsons-style 'Ha Ha' sound for every Aussie wicket that falls?

  135. Aus 136-9

    Nathan Lyon is being a pest to England now - playing a flamingo-like whip through the leg side which brings four. KP would be proud of that. Then he edges James Anderson over slip for another boundary. Go hard or go home.

  136. 'A fine cricketer'

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Former South Africa and Nottinghamshire captain Clive Rice died yesterday, aged 66. One of the best all-rounders of his era, he played for Notts between 1975 and 1987 and led them to the County Championship title in 1981 and 1987. Rice, who had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour, played only three one-day internationals because his career coincided with South Africa's sporting isolation during apartheid.

    "Clive Rice was very tough on the pitch, very hard and he said very little. Off the pitch you could sit and talk cricket with him. I learned a lot from him. And he was a fine cricketer."

  137. Aus 128-9

    Stuart Broad, wearing a black armband in memory of Clive Rice, pitches the ball up and is driven off the back foot for three by Nathan Lyon - it would have been four but for Ben Stokes' fine fielding on the boundary. Next ball is clobbered down the ground for four by Josh Hazlewood.

  138. Overtaking Deadly Derek

    Stuart Broad
  139. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    JS5: *returns to office after six hours of meetings; visits BBC Cricket; big vein in head bursts*

    James Turrell: What a way to bounce back after shambles at Lord's. Jimmy Anderson unplayable today, Finn did the early work and Broad is cleaning up.

    Phil Smyth: Top plan by England to play so poorly at Lord's. Australia came into two out of three Tests over-confident and have paid the price.

  140. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Here is a target for Ian Bell to aim for...

    "No Warwickshire player has made a Test match 100 at Edgbaston. The highest score by a Warwickshire player in a Test at this ground is 95 by Brian Lara for the West Indies."

  141. Aus 120-9

    Nathan Lyon plays a horrible swish outside off stump. Then delivers an "ooohhh" in sync with the crowd who must be thinking this is the best way to spend any Wednesday afternoon.

  142. Aus 119-9

    Adam Lyth stands pensive in the slip cordon. What's going through his head right now? Alastair Cook has more pressing matters as he tries to prise one more wicket.

  143. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Not the innings that Michael Clarke would have expected after winning the toss. I agree with Geoffrey, you need to be positive in either playing or leaving the ball. We saw Voges out and now Starc in similar ways. England have their tails up and you can hear the crowd behind them."

  144. Aus 119-9 (Broad 11-2-36-2)

    Mitchell Johnson must be prowling round the Australian dressing room like a caged tiger. He'll be running in hard shortly, no doubt. Wicket-maiden for Stuart Broad.

  145. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Phil in Bristol: I'm really enjoying the cricket, and especially the wicket alerts on the BBC Sport app. Would be even better if the sound it made could be modified to be an authentic death rattle.

  146. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    David Butler: Reminding me of the 1997 game when Caddick and Gough cleaned the Aussies up on the first day. But who's going to make the Nasser Hussain double hundred? Stand up Ian Bell please.

  147. WICKET

    Starc c Buttler b Broad 11 (Aus 119-9)

    Stuart Broad celebrates Mitchell Starc wicket

    Nine down, one to go. Another half-leave from an Australian and Mitchell Starc feathers an under-edge to a jubilant Jos Buttler.

  148. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    W.H. Clark: Careful now England fans. Homer Simpson's life is evidence that a "woohoo" is often followed closely by a "d'oh!"

    Steve Unger: ‏Grasping at straws now but at least the Aus score is higher than England's last score so we know we can bowl you out for less

    Harpreet bath: ‏If this is how Aus bat on this wicket, imagine what England will do! #doubledigits

  149. Aus 119-8

    England will be hoping to replicate the type of dominance they achieved on the first day at the MCG in 2010. They bowled out the Aussies for 99 and then raced to 157-0 at the close. There's still more than 60 overs left in the day as Josh Hazlewood flashes four over the slips. He does the same to end the over. Jimmy's frustrated. No need to be.

  150. Post update

  151. Aus 110-8 (Broad 10-1-36-1)

    Just the tailenders stopping England from a bat in the afternoon sun now. Stuart Broad is round the wicket to the left-handed Mitchell Starc who just about survives the rest of the over.

  152. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Rogers is dismissed

    "Rogers' reaction shows that he knows he has played across a straight one. He played well but it is a good angle around the wicket from Broad. It didn't do a great deal but Rogers just tried to play it a bit too square on the on side. This game is moving along fast."

  153. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Edgbaston

    "It's a bit of a banter-fest in the TMS box at the moment with Geoffrey Boycott winding up Jim Maxwell about how England at least managed to bat for 37 overs at Lord's. Elsewhere in the press box, weekend plans are being swiftly revised. 'Any decent cycle routes in the Birmingham area?' chirps one hack."

  154. Aus 110-8

    Three reds and Chris Rogers is on his bike. He must be furious. Before that delivery, he looked quite annoyed as he gestured to a spectator to move from in front of the sightscreen. Did it affect his concentration?

  155. Review

    But Chris Rogers reviews it...

  156. WICKET

    Rogers lbw b Broad 52 (Aus 110-8)

    Stuart Broad celebrates wicket of Chris Rogers

    Stuart Broad crashes one into Chris Rogers' back pad. Looks plumb, the finger goes up....

  157. Aus 108-7

    James Anderson has been given a warning for running on the pitch. Two more and he can't bowl again in this innings.

  158. Aus 108-7

    Mitchell Starc plays a bit of a slog at James Anderson which brings four through the off side. There's only so many times you can do that in these conditions and survive to tell the tale, mind.

  159. Aus 104-7

    Before we get carried away, I should let you know that Mitchell Starc's highest Test score is 99 and he has four Test half-centuries to his name. He is nibbling at James Anderson outside off stump here though.

  160. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There has been some poor judgement and stroke play from Australia. I don't think they have had the application to dig in. They have given England the perfect start to the Test match. If Australia can get to 170 from here they will be delighted."

  161. Aus 102-7

    Ironic cheers as Australia bring up their 100. Chris Rogers looks like he might try and score some quick runs - playing a wild swish outside off stump. Stuart Broad has his hands on his head.

  162. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Andrew: Just suppose Chris Rogers scored another 50 while the tail enders added 10. Then we'd be about to break the oldest record in Test cricket for highest proportion of innings by a single batsman. Early days but here's where you heard it first!

    Top shout Andrew. The record is 67.3%, held by Australia's Charles Bannerman, who scored 165 not out in a total of 245 in the very first ever Test match in 1877. So if Rogers were to make 100, and Australia were all out for 148 or less, the record would indeed be broken.

  163. Aus 99-7 (30 overs)

    First ball after the break and Mitchell Starc leaves it. The ball misses his off stump by the width of a baby's toenail. Little toe at that.

  164. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Harry Northrop: Everyone worried about England's top order on this pitch. Rogers is giving England the key to the puzzle - shot selection.

  165. Post update

    The Australian batsmen stride out after the rain delay. Be quick if you want to catch them.

  166. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Australian spectators wear large winter coats

    "Our Australian friends in the crowd are sat down below us and are all decked out in thick, yellow rain coats, like sowesters. This is our summer, this is as good as it gets!"

  167. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Chris Rogers plays a shot

    Ralph Brooker: Loving this. Absolutely loving it. All Kevin Keegany. Fire with fire. Delighted for the long suffering Finny. Enjoying Tuffers' evil laughs too.

    Chris Parry in Aberdeen: Chris Rogers is showing his many years of County experience here on a bowler-friendly wicket. Do your best to survive the unplayable deliveries, then score runs off the loose deliveries. Class player.

  168. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Good bowling by England and poor batting by Australia. You need to adapt to the situation. They simply shouldn't be in this position. England will be happy about this but if you are asking me neutrally all I can say is that the Aussies have been poor."

  169. A stat from the Wisden editor

  170. Post update

  171. Post update

    Good call, James. Sounds ridiculous but it's something I can imagine Michael Clarke doing. It would certainly un-nerve England.

  172. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Hand: Wonder how tempted Australia are to give up now, declare, and make England bat out the difficult few overs before tea

    Paul Butler: Anybody else rather not get Aus out toooo soon to reduce the time we have to bat in these bowler-friendly conditions?

    Jim Price: ‏If England can perform as we usually do and get to 50-3 when we bat, we'll be in a great position...

  173. Aus 99-7

    Right, we'll restart at 15:15 BST. Don't go anywhere...

  174. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is not a desperate pitch. It has just moved enough and every time a chance has been created it has been taken. There is carry and that is the beauty of good a cricket pitch. It makes the cricket so much more exciting. How long the game will go, we will wait and see?"

  175. Updates on the move

    Phone

    Apologies if your phone has been beeping a lot today. It's not PPI phone calls. Just the clatter of Australian wickets.

    If that's music to your ears, and you don't already have our mobile wicket alerts, find out more here.

  176. How's stat?!

    The last man to carry his bat through a completed innings of an Ashes Test was Geoffrey Boycott, who made 99 not out from 215 at Perth in 1979.

    The last Australian to do so in the Ashes was captain Bill Lawry, who made 60 not out from 116 at Sydney in 1971.

    Might Chris Rogers threaten that record today?

  177. Post update

    Let us help you with that one, Louise...

  178. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Louise Lee: When was the last time an opening batsman remained not out until the end, without scoring a century?

  179. Scorecard update

    Scorecard
  180. Aus 99-7

    Darren Lehmann stands on the balcony as the players leave the pitch, applauding Chris Rogers while throwing out the type of look which could turn a man to stone. He's livid.

    He doesn't have much need for a hairdryer, but he could do with borrowing one now - his boys are going to get a rollicking.

  181. Rain stops play

    Aus 99-7

    Only the rain can save Australia it seems. The players are off the pitch again. Hopefully just enough time for James Anderson to refuel.

  182. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Vincent Hefter: All this talk of Bell batting at three was obviously premature. It'll probably be 3:45.