Australia won the toss and elected to bat first at Edgbaston, a decision that they may have regretted. It certainly seemed that they would early on in the third over when Stuart Broad trapped David Warner LBW, with the visitors taking just two runs before their first casualty. It wasn’t long before Cameron Bancroft followed him, edging a Broad delivery to Joe Root.
Usman Khawaja thought he was safe at 35-2 after he edged a delivery to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. However, a review overturned that decision and he was out for 13 runs. The Australian team recovered well to go in at 83/3 at lunch. However, the wickets of Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins turned the 99/3 respectable score to 122/8. Scoring just 23 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.
A partnership of 88 between Steve Smith and Peter Siddle saved their innings from further embarrassment before Moeen Ali finally dismissed Siddle for 44. Australia managed to recover from 122/8 to 284/9 before Smith was bowled by Broad to end the innings.
England scored just 10 runs before the close of play on day one.
Opening batsman Jason Roy went for a disappointing 10 runs early on in the second day after being caught out by Pattinson. However, England were very lucky not to lose Root twice after having two out decisions overturned. If he’d not reviewed the first decision, he would’ve been out for 9. Instead, he was finally caught out by Siddle, who had bowled the same ball.
The runs dried up for a couple of the following batsmen who were just below Root in the batting order. Joe Denly and Jos Buttler were out for 18 and 5 runs respectively. Despite this, Bairstow steadied the ship with Rory Burns. The latter managed to get to 100