Being given the ball on the first day of the second Ashes Test, England got off to a dream start by ensnaring two Aussie batsmen in the first over of the day. First Simon Katich was run out after a mix-up with Shane Watson with Jonathan Trott at midwicket effecting the dismissal. In the next ball itself, James Anderson drew Ponting into an edge with a classic out-swinger which carried to Graeme Swann at second slip.
Australia had got off to a horror start with the scoreboard reading 0/2. Just a couple of overs later, Anderson struck again to remove a shaky Michael Clarke for 2. The fatal ball was also an outswinger inducing an edge through to second slip where Graeme took the catch. Austraila were reeling at 3/2.
But then the drama subsided with Watson and Hussey doing a good repair job. The two played cautiously at first, just fending off the ball. But from the 8th over, the boundaries started coming fairly frequently. In the 16th over, Watson and Hussey each hit a four of Finn, taking the score to over 50. The off-spinner Swann, who wasn't having much success in unsettling this pair was carted for a six over long-on by Watson in the 24th over. The duo took Australian into lunch at 94/3 in 27 overs.
But soon after the break, Anderson returned to take out Watson who edged a delivery to gully where Kevin Pietersen swallowed him up. With Watson out for 51, Australia were in trouble again at 96/4. Then Marcus North joined Hussey to take the score forward. They crossed the 100-run mark in the 32nd over courtesy a four from North off Anderson.
For the next twenty-odd overs, the pair batted solidly, picking the ones and twos and welcoming the occasional boundary. But soon after the score had moved past 150, Finn had North caught behind for 26. Half the side was down now for 156 at tea.
With the heros of the Australia's first innings in the previous match - Hussey and Brad Haddin - batting together, the runs came fairly smoothly after tea. The duo took Australia to over 200 in the 71st over. But there was big trouble shortly afterward.
England off-spinner Graeme Swann who had struggled to make an impact in the first two sessions, came back in a strong way. In the 74th over, he got had Hussey caught by Paul Collingwood at slip and then in the very next ball, had Ryan Harris lbw in a decision that was referred and upheld. The hosts were once again in trouble at 207/7.
Haddin kept scoring runs to shed some of the pressure, but Xavier Doherty was obviously nervous at the other end was run out for 6 in the 80th over as Australia slumped to 226/8. Then Haddin brought up his fifty in style, lofting Anderson for a six in the 83rd over. But soon, England were on top again when Anderson picked up his fourth wicket to dismiss Peter Siddle for 3 in the 85th over. With Australia at 243/9, and 11th man Doug Bollinger was at the crease, the end of the innings was imminent. Sure enough, Stuart Broad ended Haddin's alast stand when he had him caught by fin at fine-leg for a hard-fought 56. Australia were all out for 245 and at stumps on Day 1, it was advantage England.