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Last updated on July 21st, 2017 at 03:11 pm
First wicket of the Ashes: Matthew Hayden, bowled by Matthew Hoggard for a scratchy 12. Australia 1/35.
UPDATE. Two Australians were struck on the head in the first hour: Hayden, harmlessly, and Ricky Ponting, who has a substantial cut below his right eye. Justin Langer was hit hard above the elbow by Steve Harmison’s second ball.
In related news, Brett Lee is in the Australian team for the first time since January 2004.
UPDATE II. Australia now 4/66.
UPDATE III. Australia were 2/10 and facing a bouncer barrage in the first session of the 1974/5 series. Anyone remember what happened after that? When England batted?
UPDATE IV. Live Ashes blogging from Scott Wickstein.
UPDATE V. Australia all out for 190.
UPDATE VI. England 3/18; Glenn McGrath has all three wickets for just seven runs, which means 502 career wickets.
UPDATE VII. England 4/19. McGrath again; Bell out for 6. Big-hitters Flintoff and Pieterson now at the crease. McGrath’s figures: eight overs, four maidens, four wickets, seven runs.
UPDATE VIII. England 5/21. McGrath again; Flintoff out for 0, bowled by a ball that cut and kept strangely low. This pitch is playing like a fourth-day MCG wicket in 1981.