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Ashes 2015: Moeen gives England the upper hand

Friday 10th July 2015
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Moeen Ali scored 77 and took two important wickets as England gained the upper hand in the first Ashes Test against Australia.

The hosts added 87 runs to their overnight total in 14.1 overs to post 430 all out in a sun-kissed Cardiff and were then rewarded for a disciplined bowling display as Australia slipped to 264-5.

Moeen removed Steve Smith and Michael Clarke to justify his selection ahead of Adil Rashid as England’s spinner.

Mark Wood took his first Ashes wicket – dismissing former Derbyshire batsman Chris Rogers for 95 – and Ben Stokes struck late in the day to snaffle Ashes debutant Adam Voges and put England on top.

The hosts’ dominant display sealed a remarkable recovery from 43-3 on Wednesday morning as they set about avenging a 5-0 Ashes whitewash down under. Australia, four places above England in the Test rankings, are seeking a first Ashes win in England since 2001.

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