SECOND TEST - MATCH SUMMARY (Edgbaston, Day 1, Stumps):
England 407 v Australia
England were all out for 407 on the first day of the second Ashes Test after some frenetic batting.
Marcus Trescothick, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff all hit belligerent half-centuries and there was even a good partnership for the last wicket.
But Shane Warne (4-116) and Michael Kasprowicz (3-80) took the gloss off an entertaining performance.
Kasprowicz was playing after a freak injury to Glenn McGrath who injured ankle tendons in a pre-match warm-up.
KEY MOMENTS OF THE THIRD SESSION:
1734: Langer and Hayden come out with the England fielders, but the rain is not far behind them and play is ended for the day. It's still been one of the most scintillating day's Test cricket in history.
1726: WICKET England 407 all out (Hoggard 16)
Hoggard misses with his sweep and Warne's delivery hits him on the back thigh right in front. An easy decision for Bowden, which means four wickets for Warne.
1723: SP Jones hits the ball just over the head of Langer at mid-off to collect three and bring up the 400 for England - that after being sent in on the opening day by Australia. Hoggard dispatches the last ball for four more through extra-cover, making it 13 for the over.
1721: The calm of recent overs is well and truly shattered when SP Jones crashes Gillespie over mid-off for the 10th six of the day. These two have added 24 (Jones 15, Hoggard 12).
1720: Hoggard plays a shot of no little class, stroking a wayward Warne ball through the covers for four. Psychologically 400 would be a boost for England. They are seven away.
On the TMS messageboard, Stevetheyorky says "I didn't expect them to get past 350 at any time in the series. If we bowl well 380 could yet be a good score"
1659: Hoggard somehow gets an inside edge to a quick Lee delivery down to fine-leg for one. This is the first time Australia have conceded more than 350 on the opening day of any Test since 1993.
1646: WICKET England 375-9 (Harmison 17)
Harmison's entertaining 11-ball cameo comes to an end when he misses with an attempted sweep and the ball crashes against his off-stump. Warne now has 3-105.
1640: Harmison miscues a hook off Lee over backward square-leg for yet another six and then follows it up by pulling him through mid-wicket for four.
1629: WICKET England 348-8 (Pietersen 71)
Pietersen tries to repeat the previous shot but fails to connect as cleanly and it goes straight to Katich at deep mid-wicket. Not for the first time today, the batsman had a rush of blood and the fielding side profited.
1628: Pietersen pulls a short Lee delivery immaculately over deep mid-wicket for the eighth six of the day to move on to 71 off 75 balls. Some of the shots played today would not have looked out of place on a golf course.
1623: WICKET England 342-7 (Giles 23)
It's third time lucky for Warne as Bowden's finger goes up when Warne hits Giles on the front pad with one that's tossed up. If anything that looked less out than the other two! The seventh-wicket partnership was worth 49.
1613: Warne is back on and has a good shout for lbw after hitting Giles on the back leg but Bowden once again shakes his head. He appeals again next ball after hitting the front pad and that looked to be hitting too. The upshot of all that is three leg-byes and Giles is still there on 19.
1610: Pietersen collects his third 50 in his first three Test innings - the sixth England batsman to achieve the feat - with an on-drive using plenty of bottom hand. He celebrates by smashing the ball through extra cover and behind point.
1558: Giles edges Kasprowicz where third slip would have been for four to bring up the 300 for England.
1548: WICKET: England 293-6 (GO Jones 1)
Kasprowicz finds Jones' edge with a delivery outside off-stump which rears up. The game is once again in the balance.
1539 MISS: Pietersen drives the ball back firmly but Kasprowicz gets a hand to the ball to save three runs. It would have been a sensational catch but goes down as a chance nonetheless.
1533: WICKET England 290-5 (Flintoff 68)
Australia get the start they wanted three balls after tea. Flintoff's feet are stuck and he edges behind to bring an exhilarating innings to a disappointing end. Gillespie, somehow, has two wickets without bowling that well. He now has 250 victims in Test cricket.
1531: The players are back out, with an intriguing final session ahead. Can Australia stem the deluge of runs?
KEY MOMENTS OF THE SECOND SESSION:
1510: Warne bowls a maiden in the final over before tea. Most of us have forgotten what that is. What a second session! Three wickets went down but the 27 overs yielded an incredible 157 runs, with most of those coming when the dream team of Pietersen and Flintoff came together.
1506: The last ball of Lee's over - which goes for 14 - flashes past gully to make it 68 off 55 balls for Flintoff and bring up the century partnership off 16 overs. Lee's figures? 0-72 off 11 overs.
1502: Flintoff pulls Lee high over mid-wicket for his fifth six. Lee, remember, is one of the fastest bowlers in the world! The next ball is edged to third man for four.
1500: Pietersen is no slouch either and he plays a high-class inside-out shot through the off-side for a boundary off Warne.
1459: Flintoff plays a cover drive off Warne to complete one of the most memorable 50s in Test cricket. Four sixes and four fours in 48 balls of roller-coaster excitement, giving the Lancashire phenomenon his 15th Test half-century.
1453: Flintoff punts the ball down to long-off for the sixth six of the day. It has been nothing short of extraordinary. Flintoff has hit four of those maximums to move on to 48 off 44 balls. Pietersen, having been well in front of his partner, is lagging behind now on 34 off 45.
1446: The fun and games go on as Flintoff, looking away and pulling out of the shot, jabs the ball in the same area for six quite remarkable runs and takes England past 250.
1444 MISS: Flintoff plays a rash pull off Lee but Kasprowicz, racing around, cannot grasp the opportunity at deep square-leg.
1433: Scott Heinrich, BBC cricket journalist at Edgbaston, says "This is the pairing English fantasists have been dreaming about. Flintoff and Pietersen both in full flight, both taking the long handle to Shane Warne."
Jonathan Agnew, on Test Match Special, says: "This is fantastic stuf. We could be set to witness anything here."
1433: Pietersen flicks Warne away for a single and the 50 partnership comes up off exactly 50 balls. Forty of those have been garnered in the last five overs.
1426: Flintoff picks up a Warne delivery from middle and cracks him over mid-wicket for another maximum.
1424: An extraordinary flick from Pietersen from outside off-stump - try and find that in any cricketing manual - rockets away through mid-wicket for four.
1420: Flintoff plays against the spin and lofts Warne over the rope at long-on for six. It's been breathtaking stuff all day.
1415: Pietersen pulls Gillespie emphatically to square-leg for his second four and brings up England's 200. The home side will be looking for a score closer to double that.
On the TMS messageboard, HeartBreakCod says "Vaughan was looking in good nick - that pull shot was criminally stupid when England had to settle down and stop the glut of wickets. It's not Bell's fault he's useless, but Vaughan's stupidy there verged on Hussain like."
1358: WICKET England 187-4 (Vaughan 24)
Another poor shot and another wicket. Vaughan, who had looked well set, gifts Gillespie a wicket after top-edging an attempted pull to fine-leg where Lee takes a good catch. England have lost 3-23 in five overs of mayhem.
1345: Vaughan plays a peach of a cover drive off yet another no-ball and no-one moves. The boundaries are coming at a furious rate - 12 more off that Kasprowicz over. Who said Test cricket was boring?
1343: Pietersen, facing his first delivery, turns a Kasprowicz no-ball just wide of square-leg for four and picks a single at mid-on. Australia want to get rid of him early.
1336: WICKET 170-3 (Bell 6)
Disaster for Bell and England as the young Warwickshire batsman edges a good delivery from Kasprowicz behind. The runs have been flowing, but the wickets have started tumbling too.
1335: Bell is off the mark immediately on his home ground, turning the ball to square-leg for two. He cuts the next ball to point for four.
1333: WICKET 164-2 (Trescothick 90)
Trescothick throws his wicket away with a big century there for the taking. He chases an innocuous wide ball from Kasprowicz and Gilchrist does the rest.
1326 A powerful Trescothick drive goes under Langer's dive and to the boundary. A smart stop at point by Clarke keeps the next shot down to two but the torrent of runs continues.
1320: A poor delivery from Gillespie is flicked by Trescothick down to fine-leg for his 14th four, taking him to 81 and England to 150.
1318: A delightful push through the covers brings Vaughan a boundary. That's more like the Vaughan of old. There are signs that the exquisite touch which brought him three centuries in the last Ashes series could be returning.
1309: Trescothick and Vaughan come out for the second session hoping to build on a highly encouraging start.
LUNCH: Your interval views
Despite England's scintillating start, fans are all too well aware how things can quickly change.
Blowers' number one fan emails in to say: "England are showing the spirit they need to show session upon session, day after day. But can they keep it up? Come on England!
Bramo2: provides a forthright counterpoint and observes: "I haven't seen this much Pommie optimism since, um, Tea at Lord's!"
KEY MOMENTS OF THE FIRST SESSION:
1230: The left-hander moves to 77 off 89 balls - his highest Test score against Australia - with two more fabulous cover drives. The last over before lunch went for 18 - what a morning!
1227: Trescothick guides the ball away to third man for four and cuts the next one, again short and wide from Lee, for his second six.
1223: WICKET England 112-1 (Strauss 48)
Warne, predictably, makes the breakthrough as Strauss is beaten by a quicker one and is bowled. The opening partnership was the highest on this ground for England against Australia.
Gareth Ellis from England has e-mailed our Ashes log to say "This reminds me of the first Test the last time round in Australia, when Hussain dropped a clanger and put the Aussies in only to see Hayden and Ponting bat us out of the match. Keep it up Tresco and Strauss!"
1210: Two more magnificent cover drives from Strauss bring up the 100 for England off 141 balls. Strauss and Trescothick have done this before, but this is against the best team in the world - albeit in the absence of their premier fast bowler.
1208: Trescothick collects two more off Warne and raises his bat to celebrate a half-century featuring nine fours and a six. He and Strauss are five away from completing a century opening partnership.
1155: Kasprowicz lets out a yell of despair as the ball is edged past gully by Trescothick for the 15th boundary of an astonishing morning. The left-hander makes it 16 with a delightful shot through the covers. He is now three away from his 25th Test 50.
1152: Trescothick plays a remarkable shot to smack Warne down the ground for six with no great amount of backlift. The ball skimmed away to leave Warne looking bemused.
1144: Strauss goes back and hammers a slightly shorter one from Warne through the covers and then slog-sweeps the next ball to cow corner. What a display of aggression from Strauss, who looked all over the place against the leg-spinner at Lord's. He moves on to 30 from 49 balls, while his partner is on 32 from 52.
1125: Trescothick edges a Kasprowicz no-ball to Hayden at gully. More frustration for the tourists.
1118: Strauss hammers a Kasprowicz long-hop to the point boundary to bring up England's 50 in the 12th over. The Middlesex man has contributed 17 to that total, Trescothick 28.
On the TMS messageboard, Citizenc78 says "I wonder what the diagnosis is on McGrath because if it's just a sore ankle then would Ponting have been better to bat and hope that he recovers?"
1045: MISS Strauss edges Gillespie to Warne at first slip who fails to hold on low down to his left.
1039: Trescothick is also on his way after clipping Lee through the covers for a boundary. Two more fours come in the same region off the last two deliveries of the over, with Lee pitching the ball up but unable to find any swing. So far it looks a good toss to have lost.
1038: Strauss gets off the mark by playing Gillespie down through the slip cordon for four.
1030: Lee bowls the first ball of the match well wide of the off-stump and England are up and running with an extra.