Siddle removes Trott and Pietersen; Australia on top after lunch

NOTTINGHAM, England (Sporting Alert) — Australia has reduced England 124-for-4 early after lunch, with pace bowler Peter Siddle leading the way with three wickets so far in the first inning of the first Ashes Test against at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

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England lost openers Alastair Cook (13) and Joe Root (30) during the morning session to reach 98 for two at lunch.

After the interval, Siddle removed both Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen for 48 and 14, respectively, as Australia move on top on the opening day.

James Pattinson is the other wicket taker for the Aussies and he was the one who had removed the England captain Cook before he could have gotten the chance to settle.

Earlier, Cook won the toss and elected to bat first in overcast conditions.

Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath says the tourists should be happy about takinf four wickets already, but warned they must cut down the four balls.

“The Australia team will be very happy with four wickets down,” McGrath said on BBC Test Match Special.

“They’ve bowled reasonably well but there have been too many ‘four’ balls, although it’s got England playing their shots and maybe that’s created some wickets.”

Teams and Officials:

England – Alastair Cook (captain), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson

Australia – Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (captain), Phil Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Ashton Agar

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) (Reporting by Ed Osmond; Editing by John O’Brien)

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