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AUSTRALIA: OVERS: 90 II SCORE: 273/8
A 114-run seventh wicket partnership between Johnson and Haddin helped Australia to avoid being bundled out for a cheap total in their first innings on Thursday. Johnson scored a half-century before becoming Broad’s fifth victim of the innings. On the other hand, Haddin remained unbeaten on 78* (132b, 4X7, 6X1). Johnson was out in the 83rd over after scoring 64 (134b, 4X6, 6X2). Peter Siddle came in as the next batsman. After the dismissal of Johnson, Haddin continued unruffled hitting Haddin for consecutive fours in the 84th over. Siddle pulled Anderson for a boundary but soon fell to the same bowler after being caught by Cook at first slip in the 88th over. He scored 7 (12b, 4X1). Ryan Harris came in to bat next. Two overs and a delivery was left when Harris arrived at the crease. The duo successfully managed the final two overs bowled by Tremlett and Anderson.
AUSTRALIA: OVERS: 70 II SCORE: 195/6
Just when it looked Australia will surrender meekly, a partnership blossomed that has guided the Kangaroos to a much-much better position. Mitchell Johnson is hanging on with Brad Haddin igniting hopes of Australian fans to see their side post a respectable total after being rattled by the English bowlers on the first morning of the Gabba Test today. Graeme Swann continued as the play recommenced for the final session. It resulted in a single. Anderson dropped his fifth delivery of the 55th over short and Haddin was ready to pounce upon pulling it over backward square leg boundary for a six. The next boundary came from the bat of Johnson in the 60th over through covers. After beating Haddin with a beauty, Anderson provided him some width and conceded a boundary past backward point region. Johnson chipped Swann’s sixth delivery of the 70th over for his second boundary.
AUSTRALIA: OVERS: 53 II SCORE: 153/6
TEA. England are on top as they have sent six Australian batsmen back to the pavilion within the 50 overs of play. Smith was looking good as he continued striking boundaries. He struck his fourth four off the first delivery of the 45th over, bowled by Tremlett. A ball later, he induced an edge from Smith that was taken by Cook at first slip. He departed after scoring 31 (59b, 4X4). Mitchell Johnson came in to bat next. The first delivery of the 49th over, by Broad, struck Haddin on the pad. The English team went up in unison but umpire thought differently. After a brief discussion, Cook opted for review but they wasted enough time for the umpires to turn down their request. After watching the first 31 deliveries carefully, Johnson opened his shoulders launching the fourth delivery of the 52nd over, by Swann, over long on for a six. Root bowled the last over before tea was taken.
AUSTRALIA: OVERS: 40 II SCORE: 116/5
Half of the Australian team is back in the pavilion after just 40 overs of play on the first day of the return Ashes series. Stuart Broad removed David Warner in the 31st over to pick his fourth wicket. The southpaw was caught by Kevin Pietersen at covers. He scored 49 (82b, 4X6). George Bailey came in to bat next joining Steve Smith in the middle. He opened his account with a first-ball triple. Smith struck his first boundary in the 33rd over driving Broad’s fourth delivery to long-off fence. Chris Tremlett was brought back in the 35th over and Smith greeted him with a boundary. No runs were scored off the next four deliveries but Smith ended the over as it started – with a boundary. Bailey’s stay at the crease was ended by Anderson in the 36th over. Bailey got a thick edge that was taken by Cook at first slip. He scored 3 (15b). Brad Haddin came next.
AUSTRALIA: OVERS: 30 II SCORE: 82/3
Australia scored 71/2 in the first session of the first day’s play. Chris Rogers and David Warner opened the innings for the home side while James Anderson took the new ball. The first over was a maiden. Stuart Broad joined Anderson in the second over but was given a cold welcome by Warner who pulled his first delivery for a boundary. That was a no ball as well. The next runs came off the sixth delivery of the over in the form of a couple. Warner struck his second boundary in the third over. Broad didn’t have the best of the start of the return series but made up for it removing Rogers off the first delivery of his second over – innings’ fourth. Rogers was caught at gully by Ian Bell. He scored 1 (9b). Shane Watson came in to bat at no.3. He got off the mark with a triple off the third delivery he faced. Warner ended the over with his third boundary. The partnership between Watto and Warner was blossoming before Broad lured Watson into going after a delivery that bounced a bit more. He ended up being caught by Graeme Swann at second slip. He departed after scoring 22 (71b, 4X2). Skipper Michael Clarke came to bat next but could last only 10 deliveries after being caught at short leg by Bell. He too was ensnared by Broad.
TOSS: Australian captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first.
Australia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (c), Steven Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, James Faulkner
England: Alastair Cook (c), Michael Carberry, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes