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England on top in Ashes

16/12/2010
England made a dream start on day one of the third Ashes test bowling Australia out for 268.

Replacement bowler Chris Tremlett, who came in for the injured Stuart Broad, justified his selection by taking 3 wickets for 63 runs at WACA as England edge closer their first Ashes win in Australia for over 30 years.

England’s bowlers took charge in Perth with Anderson finishing on 3-61 after returning to Australia from England to see the birth of his second child. Graeme Swann ended the day on 2-52 with Steve Finn finishing on 2-86.

England won the toss with captain Andrew Strauss opting to field first. Early drama came when James Anderson thought he had Shane Watson in the first over but after Watson called for a review the umpire’s decision was overturned.

England’s breakthrough soon came when Tremlett, gaining his fourth England cap, bowled out Australia’s number two Phillip Hughes with a straight ball to the wicket. Anderson took the next wicket after a superb catch from Paul Collingwood saw captain Ricky Ponting leave the field. Steve Finn saw off top batsman Watson after Tremlett claimed his second wicket dismissing Michael Clarke for 4 runs leaving Australia on 36-4. Graeme Swann entered the attack taking out Mike Hussey who put on a brave 61. Australia’s top run scorer Mitchell Johnson finished on 62 and Brad Haddin made 53 in a dismal start for the home side.

Australia slowly racked up the runs with Haddin and Mitchell putting together a partnership of 52 but wickets continued to fall as England refused to give in. Siddle and Hilfenhaus stood firm as they pushed Australia over the 250 mark but the Aussies were finished off when an off-spinner from Swann to Hilfenhaus was caught by Alastair Cook caught at short leg.

England replied with 29-0 at the close of play with Strauss and Cook at the crease.

Bet365 make England favourites to win the third test at 1/3, with Australia at 8/1 and a draw priced at 9/2.

Alice Barker
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