England put up a dominating performance on Day 1 against Australia in the third Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham, as the hosts only required three bowlers to bowl out the visitors.
James Anderson, Steve Finn and Stuart Broad ripped apart the Australian batting lineup on a pitch, which favoured seam. Overhead conditions also proved to be another aid for these bowlers as Anderson finished with six wickets, while Broad and Finn scalped two wickets each.
The Australia batsmen, who looked in good touch during the second Test, could not cope with England bowlers, as they were bundled out for 136 runs. Chris Rogers, who has been Australia's best batsman in the series, showed lot of character and hung around when wickets were falling left and right.
Still, Rogers' 52 run innings could not help his team put up a decent total. Rogers had not expected such a tough fight against the England bowlers as they decided to bat after winning the toss. Rogers also felt some of their batsmen played some disappointing shots to get out.
"You get conditions like this and he [Anderson] comes into his own," said Rogers.
"It was one of those innings you had to fight for everything. Tough conditions... didn't expect as hard as they were.
"Cloud came over, it swung and seamed. I managed to get through and the others got some good balls and we probably played some disappointing shots."
It is the due to some brilliant bowling by the England bowlers that the home team are in the driving seat after the completion of the first day's play.
England are trailing Australia by just three runs with seven wickets remaining.
Ian Bell looked a class apart as he played some brilliant shots to score 53 runs of 56 balls, which included 10 fours. Joe Root, who will be the key player for England on Day 2, is at the batting crease with 30 runs from 35 balls.
If Australia are to have any chance of coming back into the Test match, bowlers such as Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson need to fire.
Rogers also believes that they need to stop England from taking a huge lead. "We need to restrict England here and when we get a chance we need to get in front of them to a point where we can put a lot of pressure on them in the fourth innings," said Rogers.
Where to Watch Live
After a below par performance by Australia on Day 1 of the second Test match, the visitors will be eager to take early wickets on the second day, which is scheduled for a 11am local time (3:30pm IST, 6am ET, 7:30pm AEST) start with live TV coverage in India on Star Sports 1/HD with live streaming on starsports.com.
Australian viewers can catch the action live on Nine Network and live streaming is available on CA website.
The third Test match of the Ashes can be watched by the viewers in the US on One World Sports with live streaming on Watch ESPN.