The Ashes 2013: Five talking-points from Day 1 at Trent Bridge
The first day of the Ashes proved to be a humdinger. It delivered to the level of expectations that it evokes among cricket enthusiasts and Test cricket loyalists. The tenuous cloud cover over Trent Bridge remained throughout the day but the grey skies could not foresee the heat that was to be exhibited on the 22 yards.
Trent Bridge had done its share of preparations for the renewal of this historic rivalry. The expecting audience gazed above as the Red Arrows flew-by in formation and the military brass bands did their bit before the start of play. The media frenzy that preceded the first day’s play contributed to the atmosphere of anticipation and the effect of that was rather visible on the players.
Australia threw a few surprises with their team sheet as Steve Smith was included in the side, but the bigger surprise was the surprise selection of 19-year-old left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who received his baggy green from Glenn McGrath. It was an aggressive move made by the Australians and purely as a courageous selection sent out a message of great self-belief.
England, on the other hand, fielded a settled side picking Steven Finn ahead of Tim Bresnan whereas Joe Root was slotted in as an opener. England won the toss and decided to bat. Here is a look at the some talking points that were generated from the day’s play (well, apart from that brilliant our-swinger from James Anderson to knock-off Michael Clarke‘s off-bail; much has been said about that already):