Wicket! Roy c Smith b Pattinson 10 (England 22-1)
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Good morning from Edgbaston. Quite a nice day here in Birmingham, a cloud, but also a little blue sky. And what a day of cricket ash we have for us. Do you know those test days that end at the right time? We are already so evenly tuned. Several wins for England yesterday with five Stuart Broad weekends and the first eight wickets, followed by the extraordinary duel of Steve Smith and the least likely two of Australia – Peter Seadle and Nathan Lyon.
Smith's Hundreds were one of the best in the game, given his personal circumstances mixed with those of the match, and Brod did what he did against Australia so many times.
Now we have one of those matches where we have no idea what is coming. Australia, out in the open for 284. By the end of the day, which can seem pretty average overall if England competes well, or imposing if Australian chops work. James Pattinson and Pat Cummins, working with tempo, sitting with smartphones, Lyon to take a turn from a step that was turning yesterday. England with three of their six are yet to prove themselves at this level and one or two of them are dangerously close to falling.
Everything is arranged to be a brilliant day in Ashes. Let's go.