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England vs Australia (Fourth Ashes Test from Chester-le-Street)
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England 238-9 (Bresnan 12, Anderson 16) 90ov
England end the opening day on 238-9.
It's hard to know exactly where that score stands, although recent history here at Chester-le-Street suggests it might not be as bad as it looks on paper.
However, given that they were 149-2, England will be disappointed at the way in which they collapsed during the afternoon and evening.
James Anderson and Tim Bresnan have added 40 for the final wicket so far, and if it turns out to be a low-scoring game, that could yet prove crucial.
England 233-9 (Bresnan 11, Anderson 12) 89ov
Bresnan gets in on the act now, pulling Harris to the square leg boundary for four and then turning the ball towards midwicket for three.
Anderson then edges short of the slip, and the fielder misses the ball and it races away to the rope.
England 222-9 (Bresnan 4, Anderson 8) 88ov
Is this the fightback beginning? Anderson cracks Bird for two boundaries off the over, with the second, a wonderful shot through mid-wicket, a particularly eye-catching stroke.
At least Swanny had a go but shouldn't have to! Let down by the top order again! Very poor! #ashes— @AndyVilla80 09 August 2013
Swann c.Lyon b.Harris 13
Another gone as Swann hooks Harris straight down the neck of Lyon at deep square leg.
Last two men together now and England have undoubtedly underperformed on this opening day.
England 213-8 (Bresnan 3, Swann 13) 86ov
Swann creams Bird through the covers for four to widespread acclaim - and then cracks another wide one away to the boundary.
Is this proof that batting on this wicket is not actually all that impossible?
England 205-8 (Bresnan 3, Swann 5) 85ov
Finally, a boundary. Swann clips the ball off his legs from Harris to break a long spell without a run and bring up England's 200.
Off the next ball, substitute fielder Phil Hughes might well have took a diving catch, but he lost the ball in the sunshine and was forced to shield his eyes instead.
"@TheCricketPaper: England's batting today has been about as impressive as Monty Panesar's bladder control. #Ashes" That's impressive to Aus— @SolaceSystem 09 August 2013
England 199-8 (Bresnan 3, Swann 0) 84ov
England looking to cling on here as the end of the opening day approaches.
Bresnan and Swann are trying to be patient, with Australia having surprisingly passed up the opportunity of the new ball.
Lyon continues to tie the batsman down, with Bresnan looking to defend with a straight bat.
It's either block or slog. What happened to being busy at the crease& rotating the strike? The positive side will win 99% of the time #ashes— @thefulltoss 09 August 2013
Its like I've fallen asleep and woken up in the '90s #Ashes— @WinstoneAg 09 August 2013
Bad news guys, there's no rain forecast for the Durham area… #ashes— @thegoatfeeder 09 August 2013
Australia almost too embarrassed to celebrate latest mug shot. #Ashes— @kmeunier4 09 August 2013
Can anyone explain that stroke from Broad pls??? #Ashes— @cricnewsonline 09 August 2013
Broad c.Warner b.Harris 3
Broad is the next to go - and it's a horrible dismissal.
He was trying to hoist the ball away, but only succeeded in spooning a simple catch to Warner at point. Very poor.
Nathan Lyon is not Murali chaps. Dominate him he's average #Ashes— @craigchis 09 August 2013
@ryanbennett_22 not a bad day if your an aussie!! Will see howe bowl on this, Aus all out for 170 #ashes #England— @AndyFlash69 09 August 2013
England 195-7 (Bresnan 2, Broad 1) 80ov
The game is threatening to get away from England here, with Bresnan and Broad looking to combine to guide their side onwards beyond 200.
Lyon has taken four wickets so far, and he lured Broad into an ugly swipe outside off-stump that could have been more costly.
Broad got off the mark with a single as the end of the day approaches.
Bairstow is not an international test player. Worst Australian team in my lifetime, yet fancy them to beat us in Australia #ashes— @mnorcross84 09 August 2013
Cant overstate the importance of Watson. 5 bowlers means fresher, more accurate bowlers. Eng choose not to utilise their all rounder #ashes— @thefulltoss 09 August 2013
If I'd paid to watch this England display today, I'd be wanting a refund! #ashes— @Maraschino68 09 August 2013
Clever ploy by England to try make the Aussies face a few overs before end of play? #Ashes— @eddieTbadger 09 August 2013
Bairstow gone for 14 from 77 balls.. another pole for Lyon, his 4th! England 193/7... the Aussies winning the DRS battle today! #Ashes— @cricketagency 09 August 2013
Think its time to give James Taylor a go at number 6..#Ashes— @BradWalker7 09 August 2013
england getting suitably rewarded for their limp and defensive approach. 193/7 now. #AshesDiary #ashes— @camfink 09 August 2013
Depressing figures “@bbctms: Apart from Ian Bell, England have had only two scores over 67 in the series: Root 180 and Pietersen 113 #Ashes”— @t0lly 09 August 2013
Johnny Bairstow must be related to someone of importance! He's is pony #Ashes— @darrenp103 09 August 2013
Bairstow lbw b.Lyon 14
England 193-7 (77ov)
Bairstow ends a run of more than an hour without scoring by turning Lyon into the leg-side for a couple.
But then two balls later, and he's out.
After hardly trying a scoring stroke all day, he goes for an attempted sweep and is given out leg before.
He appeals, but the replay shows the ball just clipping the bail and he has to walk.
Batting first Australia would have put 400+ on the board here with this pitch! #Ashes— @23duff 09 August 2013
Every time I start typing the #Ashes hashtag, autocomplete offers me #ashestoangelsforkerrangtour2014 instead. In for a penny ...— @miller_cricket 09 August 2013
We've got a team full of Geoffrey Boycotts. #Ashes #England— @danieljameskey 09 August 2013
England batters just waiting to get out, how about scoring some runs!#Ashes— @harvey107 09 August 2013
Surely England would be doing much better if they tried to score, they are just blocking with the old ball #Ashes— @jakeboggon 09 August 2013
England may struggle to get 250 here.... the most ordinary of batting perfomances.... #Ashes— @mattpearson 09 August 2013
Just batting to survive means sooner or later you get a good ball which gets you out... Get busy living or getting busy dying! #Ashes #Rise— @IngatestoneCC 09 August 2013
How good Is DRS, always loved it haha #Ashes— @tron1118 09 August 2013
Once again our batsmen are failing miserably #Ashes— @bluegirl1878 09 August 2013
Prior lbw b.Siddle 17
Australia's patience is finally rewarded as Prior is dismissed for 17.
It needed a successful appeal, as Aleem Dar initially gave Prior not out.
However, Australia called for a review and the replay showed the ball was going to hit leg stump.
England now 189-6 with around half an hour of the day to go.
England 189-5 (Bairstow 12, Prior 17) 74ov
Bairstow finally gets tempted into an attacking stroke off Siddle, but fails to connect with an attempted hook off a short ball.
Prior nudges another single, but this is still extremely tough going, with two naturally attacking players desperately trying to rein themselves in.
Crowds asleep !!!!!!!! Hope there's no loud appeals #Ashes— @deacy72 09 August 2013
Enjoying my day at the #Ashes. The kangaroo burger was bouncing. Marston's Pedigree is tolerable. Good day all round - even with a Mackem.— @CharlesMillett 09 August 2013
England 188-5 (Bairstow 12, Prior 16) 72ov
England finally score, with Prior nudging a single off Siddle. That makes the partnership worth 33 runs off 93 balls.
It's 33 off 99 now as yet another maiden keeps the Australian stranglehold intact.
Shane Watson started this tour as a batsman who can bowl a bit and has turned into a bowler who can bat a bit. #ashes— @saltiresfan 09 August 2013
Such a shame the French don't play cricket - think a whole summer of winding them up too much fun #ashes— @beaujvillage 09 August 2013
Another sub fielder on for the Aussies. #SpiritOfCricket #Ashes— @_WichitaLineman 09 August 2013
England 187-5 (Bairstow 12, Prior 15) 70ov
Another maiden from Siddle, who has been extremely hard to score from in this evening session.
And then another maiden from Watson. This is more attritional than ever as the opening day hangs in the balance.
England 187-5 (Bairstow 12, Prior 15) 68ov
Watson is back into the attack for Australia, but strays onto the leg-side to enable Prior to take a single.
It's still very hard work for the England batsmen though.
England 186-5 (Bairstow 12, Prior 14) 66ov
Bairstow is digging in against Harris as he looks to build his first big innings of the series.
Lyon continues to bowl around the wicket against Prior, with the wicketkeeper turning him into the leg-side for a couple.
England 183-5 (Bairstow 12, Prior 12)
It continues to be slow work for England, with Bird and Lyon bowling in a disciplined fashion from their respective ends.
Bairstow has produced a couple of nice straight drives, but it's more about England's batsmen feeling their way into things and attempting to rebuild at the moment.
Prior has finally claimed his first two boundaries, driving Harris straight down the ground and then running his next ball through the slips for another four.
Here's @stowpressman with a queen (is that the right collective noun?) of Freddie Mercurys at the #ashes http://t.co/XBeGGDQlSM— @Stowford_Press 09 August 2013
Such a shame nobody goes to Test Cricket anymore though. #ASHES http://t.co/uTBPuQP8uw— @LukeStacey 09 August 2013
Today's view #Ashes http://t.co/QawK18Ot7I— @pigginlush 09 August 2013
All those 5-0 "no contest" predictions just look bizarre now. Eng batting underperforming yet again. Wouldn't bet against 2-2 series. #ashes— @AJBThomson 09 August 2013
Ian Bell's first single-digit score this series. Previous scores: 25, 109, 109, 74, 60, 4* and today 6. Consistency personified. #Ashes— @ICC_CricInfo 09 August 2013
England 170-5 (Bairstow 8, Prior 3)
Bairstow claims his first boundary as he drives straight back down the ground in confident fashion.
Prior is also up and running, and there is a strong need for this pairing to dig in and take England above the 200-mark.
Bird is continuing for Australia, and can be pretty happy with his efforts and contribution so far.
Need a 100 partnership now. Absolutely critical. Need at least 300 to be competitive on this wicket. #Ashes #RISE— @Frosty_Potter89 09 August 2013
Ian Bell cant do it everytime for England!!! #ashes #pressureon— @SteveRenney1 09 August 2013
Bloody hell, leave the telly for an hour & England collapse. #Ashes— @KingstonBro 09 August 2013
Kevin Pietersen spots a mirror on the other side of the ground. #Ashes http://t.co/oEPGSv6zXS— @mattwhatsit 09 August 2013
Dreadful shot by Bell! #Ashes— @kcmountainman 09 August 2013
England brilliantly putting themselves under pressure here. #ASHES— @mochacker 09 August 2013
Bell c.Harris b.Lyon 6
England 155-5 (Bairstow 0, Prior 0) 56ov
Awful start to the evening session for England as Bell falls to the fourth ball.
He tried to drive Lyon, but miscued to mid-off where Harris took a good tumbling catch.
Suddenly, England are in a fair bit of trouble now.
England 155-4 (Bell 6, Bairstow 0) 54ov
Tea comes with England at 155-4, and with three wickets falling, including the key ones of Cook and Pietersen, that was Australia's session.
Slight scare in the final over before tea as Bairstow plays the ball into his own boot, and watches as it loops up to offer Bird a return catch.
The umpires asked for a video replay, but the decision was not out.
Barry Venison at the cricket #mullet #ashes http://t.co/cf89HrPETB— @paul_wood8 09 August 2013
Super bowling from Bird. Knocks over the English captain with a rip-snorter! @jpobrien74 @Thedigger68 #Ashes— @KenMcAlpine 09 August 2013
Love leaving it to Bell to steer us clear... YET AGAIN! #Ashes #Rise— @Manning_93 09 August 2013
Mini collapse on the cards here! Go Aussies #ashes #birdistheword— @squizfizz 09 August 2013
What an absolute jaffa from Bird to remove Cook! #Ashes #ENGvAUS— @OwenJCarter 09 August 2013
Another wicket gone c'mon England stay calm need more runs on board #Ashes #rise— @craigdeverall 09 August 2013
Don't think Cook would have got bat on that even if he had played at it, just looks a bit more embarassing #goodleave #ashes— @CalumHoward 09 August 2013
Cook lbw b.Bird 51
England 153-4 (Bell 4, Bairstow 0)
The game looks a fair bit different now as Cook goes for 51.
It was an error from the skipper as he left a ball from Bird that cut back in slightly, and was trapped lbw plum in front of the stumps. It was such an obvious impossible, he wasn't even tempted to appeal.
So Pietersen and Cook go in the space of 17 balls as Australia hit back impressively in this afternoon session.
Pietersen should know that the bowler always has the last laugh. Nathan Lyon draws KP's edge and he walks! England 3 down. #Ashes— @maina_benjamin 09 August 2013
England 153-3 (Cook 51, Bell 4) 52ov
Bell is settling in after Pietersen's dismissal, and is extremely unlikely to take anything like as many risks as the batsman he has replaced.
Two runs came from Lyon's over, and this pairing will look to re-establish themselves before kicking on.
A sign of his step up that I am more interested to watch New Ian Bell at the crease that Pietersen.— @jltguest 09 August 2013
#ashes #cricket bloody hell - power-cut in #nigeria as #cook and #pietersen are batting. Power comes back on and it is #cook and #bell!!— @abujaandy321 09 August 2013
Watching Kevin Pietersen is incredibly frustrating, brilliant at times, cretinous at others— @mo_kabir 09 August 2013
Pietersen c.Haddin b.Lyon 26
England 149-3 (Cook 51, Bell 0) 50ov
Australia bring Lyon back into the attack and get an instant reward.
Pietersen might have dominated the spinner in the early stages of his innings, but he pushed at one outside off-stump and edged through to Haddin.
To his credit, Pietersen walked without any suggestion of a review.
Alastair Cook's 50
Cook brings up his third half-century of the series with a thick-edged four to third man off Bird.
His 50 came from 153 balls, in 216 minutes, and included five fours. Rarely can he have been forced to work so hard for a half-century, but its importance in terms of the game could be crucial.
Hahahaha that was a classic cricket moment when @DGoughie gave Watson his best ghostly ghoul taunt #ashes— @MickyGilmore 09 August 2013
Shane Watson was scared of ghosts the night before this match, and spent the night in Brett Lee's room.
England 144-2 (Cook 47, Pietersen 25) 48ov
Pietersen is the key to stepping up the scoring rate, and he whips Harris off his toes for a leg-side boundary.
Cook mirrors the shot in the following over, clipping Watson into the leg side, and while the ball doesn't quite reach the boundary rope, England's batsmen run four runs.
Anytakers #Ashes #tickets #4thtest serious offers only http://t.co/rmwBvDp3tJ— @wiswellchef 09 August 2013
Durham riverside #ashes http://t.co/DKlQ87C5PI— @ChrisTitchmarsh 09 August 2013
Run out chance! Pietersen hits it straight to Warner at point, takes off, Warner throws and Cook would have been out by metres. #Ashes— @CricketAus 09 August 2013
England 130-2 (Cook 41, Pietersen 17) 46ov
Siddle continues in what is a fairly marathon session, with his over going for two singles.
Watson continues at the other end, and Cook comes close to playing into his own stumps with an inside edge that flies dangerously close to the wicket.
The captain survives a major scare off the last ball. Pietersen calls him through for a single after running the ball down to gulley, and he would have been out by a mile had Warner hit the stumps. Silly.
Talking of ghosts, can you guess who my Patrick Swayze lookalike is? #ashes— @jayjay_allen 09 August 2013
That was a wonderful shot from Cook. #Textbook #Ashes— @JamesBrandon_ 09 August 2013
Timing == Cook. #Ashes— @PunkazNepal 09 August 2013
Wow,this is #weird Kevin Pietersen is only one in top five in english team whose surname isn't a Verb #Kp #Ashes #Fact #weird— @Gaurav7jain 09 August 2013
Clarke taking Lyon off after 2 overs speaks volumes about what the captain thinks of his ability. Lyon would be feeling it too... #ashes— @bneil33 09 August 2013
@ESPNcricinfo The Aussies have probably been told to drop Cook if they get the chance! #ashes— @gazzboy2770 09 August 2013
England 126-2 (Cook 40, Pietersen 14) 44ov
Siddle concedes two off another tight over. He's not conceding many runs, although he isn't displaying the kind of wicket-taking threat he has shown in some matches this over.
Given Pietersen's attacking approach, it's no surprise to see Watson replacing Lyon at the other end. Cook produces the shot of the day off him though, gently leaning forward to drill the ball through the covers for four.
Terrifying umpire on duty at square-leg today #Ashes http://t.co/pbiuXuKFgE— @leekorman 09 August 2013
KP either gonna make a 80 ball ton or be out in the next 10 balls #predictionfortheday #oftenwrong #ashes— @d_tebble86 09 August 2013
C'mon Sir Geoff: Pietersen's first shot and Trott's batting - I've got "It's all about good footwork" on my #BoycottBingo card! #TMS #Ashes— @Stevemino 09 August 2013
Play yourself in Kev! #Ashes— @TheMiddleStump 09 August 2013
Lyon needs to shoot a dart down KP's leg side, he'll fall over and be stumped...if it wasn't Haddin., best get a leg slip in #Ashes— @mickcannon11 09 August 2013
Durham faithful applaud the block from KP. #digin #ashes— @PhilipGoose 09 August 2013
Pietersen v. finger spinner; popcorn time #ashes— @PhilipJSparrow 09 August 2013
England 120-2 (Cook 35, Pietersen 13) 42ov
Siddle still keeping it fairly tight from the Lumley End, with Cook remaining as circumspect as ever as his crawl of an innings continues.
Pietersen is not messing about with Lyon though. He drilled the spinner's first ball straight down the ground for four, then followed up with a chipped boundary beyond mid-off.
Think KP wants to show the Aussies that you don't accuse the English of cheating in his opening few hits. #Ashes— @ThatTwatThomas 09 August 2013
How many red bulls has kp drunk before coming out for this innings? #Ashes— @DarloBun 09 August 2013
Oh yes. Kid-free and loose in the Cotswolds. Fish & chip lunch, a pint of Cotswold ale and the #Ashes is on the box.— @darrencaveney 09 August 2013
Shakey first ball for KP as he pops one in the air!
KP you mad man #ashes— @MilesKingst0n 09 August 2013
KP what on earth are you doing that for 1st ball?????? #Ashes #bbctms— @AndrewGuest8 09 August 2013
Pietersen dashes down the wicket first ball, making very clear that he will be showing Lyon no respect at all. Which is good. #Ashes— @reverseswept 09 August 2013
Never liked Trott, but admire the way he just tucks the bat under the arm and walks off #BestPartOfHisGame #Ashes— @dannyblaine 09 August 2013
Ah Trott man! Been playing class— @adam_jurgens 09 August 2013
That is a huge wicket! Trott was the guy who could've taken this away in a heartbeat! Good boy Nathan Lyon #Ashes— @timrosen35 09 August 2013
WICKET: Trott c. Khawaja b. Lyon 49
England 110-2 (Cook 35*, Pietersen 3*) 40ov
So much for Trott getting his half-century then.
It was a tame dismissal in the end, with the batsman looking to nudge Lyon into the leg-side, but only succeeding in getting an inside-edge into his pad which looped up to Khawaja at short leg.
Pietersen comes to the crease, and immediately tries to attack, lofting Lyon high into the on side from his very first ball.
Golf & cricket. #retired #PGAChamp #Ashes http://t.co/Zvh3TuJ1b9— @DazRolfey 09 August 2013
England 106-1 (Cook 34, Trott 49) 39ov
Trott plays one of the most aggressive shots of the day, paddle sweeping Lyon round the corner for four. He takes five more off the over and increasingly seems to be looking to dominate Lyon.
Now seemingly in the groove, Trott follows up in the same over, taking two boundaries off Siddle, clipping the ball round the corner for four before getting on the front foot to drive crisply thorugh the off side.
Trott is now on 49, one short of his half-century.
That's a dangerous shot against a guy spinning the ball.... Oh wait it's Lyon bowling scratch that #Ashes— @ShaunGarrity 09 August 2013
@wwos9 #Ashes with toss being so important would it be fairer to toss once at start of series then alternate decisions for rest of matches?— @MetalDogVFX 09 August 2013
Plenty of effort going into tomorrow's Northern Echo souvenir front pg already - from sports editor's perspective, I think you will like it— @loughlinecho 09 August 2013
England 89-1 (Cook 34, Trott 32) 37ov
Australia turn to spin for the first time in the 36th over, introducing Nathan Lyon to the attack. He starts with a maiden, that included a stifled lbw appeal.
Trott flicks Siddle off his hips for a single.
England should hit the 300 mark by stumps... on day two #Ashes— @cricketcentral 09 August 2013
I really hope our top order are watchin this masterclass from the English!! Dave Warner..Take a look, this is NOT 20/20!! #Ashes #jealous— @diminutiverowdy 09 August 2013
England 88-1 (Cook 34*, Trott 31*) 35ov
Cook, looking more and more at home, gets down on one knee to drive the opening ball of Bird's over to the boundary.
Trott, who also looks to be gradually finding his form, drives Siddle through the covers to bring up the 50 partnership off 101 balls.
Enjoying the cricket #RISE #Ashes http://t.co/uIie6gpePZ— @awil_uk 09 August 2013
Alistair Cook's 28 off 108. His strike rate is now worse than mine at nightclubs. #cricket #ashes— @adamtwittey 09 August 2013
Its a slow game of cricket. Made slower by the lack of Bumble on comms. #Ashes— @sportmonkeyx 09 August 2013
In this test I'm really hoping Swann is not caught by Bird for a duck @Aggerscricket @tmsproducer @MichaelVaughan @jimmaxcricket #Ashes— @TheAshes1011 09 August 2013
@skysports any chance this could be stopped, there is a reason I’m not changing the channel #Ashes #allday http://t.co/spGAi4oMzL— @6lamb 09 August 2013
Jonny Trott has fair swagger at the crease and loves the gum. The white,sth African/English Master Blaster? #ashes #halfasgood— @jemmyjembo 09 August 2013
England 78-1 (Cook 28*, Trott 27*) 33ov
Bird has resumed with the same discipline he displayed before lunch, and produces a maiden from the Finchale End.
Siddle looked like following up with a maiden of his own, but the final ball was marginally too wide and Trott was able to cut to the rope.
England 74-1 (Cook 28*, Trott 23*) 31ov
Cook takes two off the final ball of Bird's over, driving neatly through the off side.
Harris continues at the other end, and strays on to Trott's leg stumps once too often, enabling the batsman to clip the final ball of the over square of the wicket for four.
England's run rate has increased since lunch.
Nothing to talk about #1stsession Gower bringing up Nasser's 1st date at Durham.. #fairenough #ashes— @rararana 09 August 2013
@SkyCricket could these pundits be any more condescending and patronising when talking about the north of England?? #Ashes— @jimmy_custard 09 August 2013
My office for the day! :) #ashes http://t.co/5YS5ctuE5j— @DayleHoness 09 August 2013
I remember when cricket used be played this slow, but it also involved 5 Curtley bouncers an over. #yawn #bbcCricket #ashes— @navtumber 09 August 2013
Not a bad view today #Ashes http://t.co/XGN23NSSUo— @Joffey 09 August 2013
England 66-1 (Cook 25*, Trott 18*) 29ov
We're back under way after lunch, and England have picked up the pace somewhat in the opening two overs.
Cook clipped Bird off his legs for an eye-catching boundary in the first over after lunch, ending a run of 17 balls without scoring.
Trott was more fortunate in the next over off Harris, watching a thick inside edge flew dangerously close to the stumps before running to the boundary for four.
England 57-1 (Cook 21*, Trott 13*) 27ov
Trott is taking a slight liking to Siddle when he strays onto his legs, and he flicked the ball effectively to mid-wicket for three.
That was the final over before lunch, with England closing at 57-1.
It's been an attritional session, but England deserve credit for finishing with just one wicket down.
England 54-1 (Cook 21*, Trott 10*) 26ov
Siddle makes it three maidens in a row with another tight over from the Lumley End.
Bird returns to the attack and immediately serves up a wide one, which Trott drives for two.
England 51-1 (Cook 21*, Trott 7*) 24ov
Quarter of an hour or so until lunch, and runs are still proving extremely hard to come by.
Siddle and Watson have produced back-to-back maidens, with neitehr Cook nor Trott willing to take any chances outside their of stump.
Cook batting like he's searching for form. But then he always bat like he's searching for form, even when he's on 150 #Ashes— @Cricketer_Dan 09 August 2013
OUT: Joe Root walks after being given out after review
Australia wait for the decision...
Australia appeal after Joe Root looks to have caught an edge off Watson's bowling
England 51-1 (Cook 21*, Trott 7*) 22ov
Trott gets off the mark in streaky fashion, edging Siddle, but with the ball bouncing in front of the slips and careering through to the boundary. In total, 11 runs come off the over, making it the most expensive of the game.
Cook clips the ball off his legs to bring up England's 50. It came off 135 balls and contained just three boundaries.
His face may look like a bat being squeezed out of a ketchup bottle but Peter Siddle is good at cricket. #Ashes— @MattSimpo 09 August 2013
Root was awful today. He's not the future. He'll get nowhere in Australia under real pressure. The ECB need to think again. #Ashes— @bitter_sweet140 09 August 2013
To watch Cook bat or stab myself slowly with a pen? Pen stabbing sounds less painful #ashes— @dayno25 09 August 2013
England 35-1 (Cook 13*, Trott 0*) 20ov
Australia finally bring Siddle into the attack, and his first over goes for just on run. He ends with a fairly hostile bouncer, that Trott ducks under.
At the other end, Watson continues to probe away at a good length. Cook played and missed at one, but survived.
Root should've put more silicon tape on his bat. #rookieerror #ashes— @edjacko 09 August 2013
WICKET: Root - c Haddin b.Watson 16
England 34-1 (Cook 12*, Trott 0*) 18ov
Australia make a breakthrough with the fourth ball of the 17th over - but they needed the controversial hotspot system to do it.
Root nicked Watson behind to Haddin, but umpire Tony Hill initially gave it not out.
Australia appealed, and the video replay showed the smallest of hot spots as Root produced a thin edge.
He goes for 16 after a patient innings that saw battle for every run.
Second Aussie cricket joke sent me by Aussies: What's the definition of optimism? An Aussie batsman applying sunscreen #Ashes— @Lynn_Shepherd 09 August 2013
First Aussie cricket joke sent me by Aussies: What do you call an Aussie who can handle a bat? A vet #Ashes— @Lynn_Shepherd 09 August 2013
Dad on spotting Joe Root - "HE'S A KID!" #Ashes— @shanevanrooy 09 August 2013
England, I'm happy that you're ahead in the Ashes, but less than 2 an over? #Ashes #tooslow— @adamhuddlestone 09 August 2013
Remember when England livened up the morning with those two boundaries in consecutive balls? Good times. #Ashes— @LiebCricket 09 August 2013
Proper test cricket this. #ashes #digin— @qjnmh 09 August 2013
England 33-0 (Cook 12*, Root 15*) 16ov
England took a couple of singles from Harris' over, but there was a slight scare when Root attempted a drive off the final ball and missed completely.
Watson bowled the next over from the Finchale End instead of Siddle and had a shout for lbw that was immediately turned down as it pitched outside leg.
Why Australia wait for so long to bowl Peter Siddle is beyond me......!!! #Ashes— @MichaelVaughan 09 August 2013
“@MichaelVaughan: Our Geoffrey showing his true colours today... #Ashes http://t.co/YmpQ2s81Rz” lovely!!— @mancunite 09 August 2013
England 31-0 (Cook 11*, Root 14*) 14ov
Cook also has a boundary to his name now, driving Harris straight down the ground for four. He also clipped well to mid-wicket in the same over for three.
Bird has remained on at the Finchale End - a surprise given we haven't seen Siddle yet - and produces a fairly unthreatening maiden.
All I want from this test match is a really angry Pietersen century. #Ashes— @MrAdamLeese 09 August 2013
Really don't get why Siddle doesn't open for Australia. Their best seamer and makes the batsman play. #Ashes #RISE— @Frosty_Potter89 09 August 2013
Yorkshire's Joe Root gets the first boundary of the day
Chester's town crier hahaha #ashes #echoashes http://t.co/dwIQ8xgJ4R— @SazGLass 09 August 2013
England 24-0 (Cook 4*, Root 14*) 12ov
Finally, a boundary.
Root gets on the front foot and drives Bird attractively through the covers for four.
Scoring is going to be tough here, with Australia's bowlers producing an impressive line and length, and a large outfield which is looking fairly slow.
Plenty of digs on Twitter at England's slow start by the Australian fans but let's see who's smiling at the end
Monty Panesar's never gonna make it back into the starting 11 if he keeps taking a slash at everything... #Ashes— @Chowgaps 09 August 2013
England 17-0 (Cook 4*, Root 7*) 10ov
Another maiden from Bird, who has bowled a disciplined line on his recall to the team.
Cook was tempted to have a waft at a couple, but generally kept himself in check.
Geoffrey boycott would be very happy with the way the English openers have gone about things so far #Ashes— @stabs12 09 August 2013
England 17-0 (Cook 4*, Root 7*) 9ov
Apologies for the slight technical glitch, but we're back on track now.
There's been some decent line and length from Australia, and that's prevented England's batsmen from really cutting loose.
But Cook and Root have displayed good application so far, and the ball hasn't really done a lot in the air despite the clouds overhead.
Australia have replaced Harris with Watson at the Lumley End, but he served up two wides in his opening over and didn't really trouble Root.
RT @MichaelVaughan: Office for the week ... #Ashes. http://t.co/jM8yhTpHxX— @super1steve 09 August 2013
England captain Alastair Cook gets off the mark
The first ball at Chester-le-Street as the Ashes got underway with...a no ball as Ryan Harris overstepped the mark to Cook. Picture: Chris Booth
England 3-0 (Cook 0*, Root 2*) 3ov
Harris continues to plough a consistent line just outside Cook's off stump.
Another maiden, and ironic cheers from the final delivery as the England captain finally get bat to ball.
Mitchell Starc not looking particularly pleased sitting beyond the boundary with an orange vest on #Ashes unlucky to miss out— @ChrisBarrett_ 09 August 2013
Feel for Graham Onions. Nonetheless, come on England...win the series. #Ashes— @awillman279 09 August 2013
The batsman Root's the bowler's Bird #Ashes— @Aggressive_Toad 09 August 2013
England 3-0 (Cook 0*, Root 2*) 2ov
England get off the mark as Root guides Bird into the gully with a shot that drops just in front of the midfielder.
There's a scare for England midway through the over as Root edges just in front of second slip.
As expected, this looks like a pitch that will do a bit.
England 1-0 (Cook 0*, Root 0*) 1ov
Testing first over from Harris, who was probing outside Cook's off stump. The England captain didn't have to put bat to ball though.
And the first ball of an Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street is...a no ball. Ryan Harris oversteps the mark to Cook.
With the refrains of Jerusalem ringing out, the Australia team have taken the field.
And now here's Alastair Cook and Joe Root heading out to open the batting.
Let battle commence.....
All this talk of dropping Jimmy Anderson for Onions in fourth Test Match. Nonsense, Anderson was and still is the best swing bowler around.— @MikeEvansTimes 09 August 2013
That's probably the nail in the coffin for Onions chances of ever donning an England Test shirt again, real shame #ashes— @Baggy_Bage 09 August 2013
Here's the full team line-ups:
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.
Australia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke (capt), Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.
Umpires: Aleem Dar and Tony Hill
Third Umpire: Marias Erasmus
Fourth Umpire: Michael Gough
Australian fans take their place in the stands
Sky's Nasser Hussain in the middle for the toss with England captain Alastair Cook and Australia captain Michael Clarke
One Australian change in their starting line-up - Jackson Bird for Mitchell Starc in their pace attack.
Alastair Cook admitted it was a difficult decision to bat, but doesn't feel the pitch will do too much and is confident of negotiating a potentially difficult opening couple of hours.
England have won the toss and elected to bat - and will name an unchanged line-up.
So there's no Graham Onions in the side, with England going with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan as their pace attack.
@BBCSport #YES england should pick graeme onions ahead of the fourth #Ashes test— @joefishy1 09 August 2013
Sir Ian Botham, Shane Warne and David Gower with the Sky TV crew for their pre-match analysis out on the pitch
Hard to be too definitive, but Graham Onions certainly seems to be right at the thick of things during the warm-up.
He's getting instructions from a number of players, suggesting that he might well play. Perhaps instead of Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan?
We'll see soon....
Both sides are on the outfield warming up - with team news expected in the next 20 minutes or so.
The local hope is that Gateshead-born Graham Onions will get a chance in the England team, although it remains to be seen if there are changes to the side that drew at Old Trafford.
RT @Scottwilsonecho: Preparations almost complete.... #Ashes http://t.co/VkYZW2ah6d— @CricketTweetz 07 August 2013
At Durham CCC - come on England #ashes— @BobWilliamson4 09 August 2013
Weather updates first - it's overcast and humid, but the forecast suggests that the sun will break through as the morning progresses.
There's the chance of a slight shower, but it shouldn't be anything serious and we should be in for pretty much a full day's play.
However, early-morning conditions should be conducive to swing bowling, with the atmospheric conditions potentially providing quite a bit of help to the bowlers.
This might well prove a very good toss to lose....
Aside from issues of regional pride, it's also a huge week for England, who will attempt to win the Ashes outright over the next five days.
Their draw at Old Trafford in the third Test might have ensured they will retain the urn, but Alastair Cook is adamant that he does not want to take his foot off the throttle now.
However, Australia displayed enough in Manchester to suggest they are finally finding some form, and a keenly-contested encounter is in store.
IT has rightly been billed as the biggest day of the North-East sporting year - and it is finally here.
In their 21st year as a first-class county, Durham finally get the opportunity to stage an Ashes Test at their Chester-le-Street ground.
It caps a remarkable rise for the county - and promises to be an unforgettable occasion.
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