England bowler Stuart Broad takes five wickets and Australia's Steve Smith earns a century on day one of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
The first Specsavers Test would have kicked off with England seemingly well in the box seat had Smith not hit a brilliant 144, more than half of his team's 284 all out and a distant dream after they limped to 122 for eight.
Sixteen months after watching their careers collapse in disgrace following the sandpaper scandal Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all returned to boos, jeers and brickbats from the notoriously raucous Birmingham crowd, but while the latter pair faltered Smith flourished.
England had one hand tied behind their back from the moment record wicket-taker James Anderson was struck down by a right calf injury that restricted him to one four-over spell, and he faces an uncertain future in the match and the series.
But in his absence Stuart Broad stood tall, claiming five for 86 to reach 100 Ashes scalps, while Chris Woakes added three for 58.
Joe Root backs James Anderson to hit peak form again in the two remaining test matches against Pakistan adding that Ben Stokes is a big miss and he's spoken to Stuart Broad after his fine for breaching the ICC's code of conduct.
Chris Woakes doubts he will emulate James Anderson and Stuart Broad inreaching 500 Test wickets and is unfazed about occasionally flying under theradar when compared with his more illustrious England team-mates. Much wasmade of Broad’s omission from the first Test of the summer against the WestIndies last month and he responded in emphatic fashion with 16 wickets at10.93 to join Anderson in the exclusive 500-club.
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Man of the Series Stuart Broad says his desire to keep learning is one reasonhe has managed to secure his 500th Test wicket. Broad became only the seventhbowler to achieve the feat on the last day of the third Test against the WestIndies.
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Stuart Broad has become the seventh member of Test cricket’s elite 500 cluband only the fourth seamer to achieve the feat. The English bowler completedthe milestone on day five of the series decider against West Indies.
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England head coach Chris Silverwood felt his side let Pakistan off the hook onday one of the first Test, surrendering control in a loose afternoon session.The tourists opted to bat first at Emirates Old Trafford but were kept on atight leash before lunch, reaching the interval at 53 for two.
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Joe Root confirms that James Anderson will not be rested for the second Testagainst Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl. “Jimmy is likely to play, yes. Wouldn’tyou give him the opportunity with nearly 600 wickets?” Root said.
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Organisers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are no longer planningto use a single-site athletes' village. The accommodation facility was set tobe built in the Perry Barr area of the city, but the coronavirus pandemic haschanged the thinking, with three sites now being used.
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Inquiries are continuing to establish the cause of a huge blaze whichdestroyed a plastics factory in Birmingham. West Midlands Ambulance Servicesaid no patients had been treated during the fire in the Tyseley area andeveryone from the building had been accounted for. More than 100 firefighterswere sent to the scene in Seeleys Road at about 4.50pm on Monday and wereassisted by drone footage filmed by a member of West Midlands AmbulanceService’s hazardous area response team (HART). Residents in the area werestill being advised to keep windows and doors closed on Tuesday morning asaround 35 fire service personnel remained at the scene.
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The new digital service automates the process of switching to electric-onlypower when a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle enters a defined area of the city. BMWeDrive Zones technology provides many benefits, for both the driver and thecity in which it is enabled. For customers, the automated nature of theservice will help reduce fuel consumption and therefore lower the cost of eachjourney. Emissions and vehicle noise are reduced when driving in city traffic,helping to improve the quality of life in urban environment.
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Beauty salons across England are reopening today in the latest lockdown easing. Businesses such as Gina Rose Beauty in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham are allowed to offer certain treatments such as manicures but not facial procedures including eyebrows or lashes.
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An independent live music figurehead has warned many people in his industry 'will be looking for other jobs' by January unless more Government financial support or a return to unrestricted gigs and concerts is forthcoming. Adam Regan, director of the famous Hare & Hounds pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham, has kept the venue shut for the time being because around 80% of its income is from gigs and club nights.
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Steve Smith takes part in his first match since suffering a concussion in the second Ashes Test. The former Australia captain fielded at slip and showed good reflexes to stop a ball travelling to the..
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