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England three down at lunch against Australia in Cardiff

England lose three wickets during a tough opening session on day one of the first Ashes Test against Australia in Cardiff.

England have been reduced to 88-3 at lunch on the opening day of the first Ashes Test against Australia in Cardiff.

Adam Lyth, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell have all been dismissed for the hosts, who have struggled to cope with the Australian bowling attack.

Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood of Australia celebrate a wicket during day one of the first Test against England at the Swalec Stadium on July 8, 2015© Getty Images

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, it took less than two overs for England to lose their first wicket of the morning as Lyth was caught by David Warner off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood for six.

Cook and Gary Ballance tried to put up some resistance after the early loss of Lyth, but the skipper was the next to go for 20 when he edged one through to Brad Haddin off a Nathan Lyon delivery, leaving England on 42-2.

New batsman Ian Bell lasted just seven balls when he arrived out in the middle, with Mitchell Starc dismissing him lbw for one.

However, Ballance and Joe Root have brought some stability to the crease for England with unbeaten knocks of 28 and 33 respectively. Root was lucky to survive early on as Haddin dropped him on zero.

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