Giving a blow to Australia’s dream of winning the first Ashes series in England in 18 years, England bowlers made early breakthrough by taking three crucial wickets soon after the play has begun at Edgbaston on Thursday. Australia lost three crucial wickets of Cameron Bancroft (8), David Warner (2) and Usman Khawaja (13). From a poor 43 for 3, Steve Smith and Travis Head slowly built a fourth wicket partnership and pushed the score to 83 for three during lunch break.
For England, while Stuart Board scalped two wickets, Christ Woakes picked one wicket. Earlier, Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and decided to bat in the first Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston on Thursday. Ashes-holders Australia has not won a match of any kind at Edgbaston since 2001.