Seamers dominate the opening day of Ashes 2013

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Australia ended on 75/4 in reply to England’s 215 as Siddle and the rest of the seam bowlers dominated the opening day of the 2013 Ashes series.

England won the toss and despite the bowler friendly conditions, elected to bowl first. The decision backfired though with Peter Siddle claiming 5-50 to dismiss England just after tea.

The day did begin with a shock selection, as 19 year old left arm spinner Ashton Agar made his debut ahead of the sides regular spinner Nathan Lyon, he ended the with figures of 0-24.

The English bowlers were not to be outdone by Australia’s solid bowling display though, as Finn and Anderson finished the day with figures of 2-37 and 2-25 respectively.

Siddle’s heroics with the ball were seemingly undone by the English seamers who gave the home team the advantage leaving Australia reeling with Smith and Hughes trying to recover the innings when stumps were signalled for day 1.

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