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The Ashes Fifth Test: Day One

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England 1/8  (6.0 ov)
Australia 10/326 (76.0 ov)

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England Ist Innings:

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AN Cook not out 7
MA Carberry c: Lyon b: Johnson 0
JM Anderson not out 1
Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0)

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RJ Harris 3-1-5-0
MG Johnson 3-1-3-1

Australia 1st Innings:

CJL Rogers b Stokes 11
DA Warner b Broad 16
SR Watson lbw b Anderson 43
MJ Clarke* c Bell b Stokes 10
SPD Smith c:(sub) b: Stokes 115
GJ Bailey c Cook b Broad 1
BJ Haddin c: Cook b: Stokes 75
MG Johnson c:(sub) b: Borthwick 12
RJ Harris c: Anderson b: Stokes 22
PM Siddle c: Bairstow b: Stokes 0
NM Lyon not out 1
Extras (b 10, lb 2, w, 2, nb 6)


JM Anderson 21-3-67-1
SCJ Broad 19.5-5-65-2
BA Stokes 19.5-1-99-6
WB Rankin 8.2-0-34-0
SG Borthwick 7-0-49-1

Stumps | Smith, Haddin rescue Australia in 5th Test

Steve Smith and Brad Haddin have kept Australia in the hunt for a 5-0 Ashes whitewash after coming to the rescue on day one of the fifth Test in Sydney.

Australia were bowled out for 326 from 76 overs, with impressive allrounder Ben Stokes claiming career-best figures of 6-99 for England.

But thanks to Smith's second century of the summer and yet another inspired contribution from in-form veteran Haddin, Australia recovered from a post-lunch disaster where they lost 5-97.

Haddin and Smith's 128-run sixth-wicket stand instigated a stunning turnaround and the pressure is now be on England's batting order who have only managed two scores greater than 300 this series.

Stokes made the most of England captain Alastair Cook's decision to bowl first, and finished the innings in a flurry when he knocked over Ryan Harris (22), Peter Siddle (0) and Smith (115) in the final over.

However, the theme of the series continued as England once again let Australia off the hook.

Smith's innings came to an end after he smashed 17 fours and a six. Haddin was just as brutal, belting 13 boundaries in his knock of 75.

England's hopes of rolling through Australia were set back by a hamstring injury for fast bowler Boyd Rankin, one of three debutants for the visitors.


Mitchell Johnson struck early to give Australia the upper hand late on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG.

After Australia posted a first innings total of 326 on the back of a stirring 115 to Steve Smith, Johnson removed Michael Carberry for a duck.

It leaves England one for seven, trailing by 320 runs, with three overs to play.

Alastair Cook is unbeaten on six.

SCORE: Australia 1st innings 326, England 1st innings 1-8

MAN OF THE MOMENT: Steve Smith's maiden home ground century was a memorable one. He brought up the milestone with a six and a four off young legspinner Scott Borthwick, and finished with 115. Smith added 128 with Brad Haddin to rescue Australia from 5-97 shortly after lunch.

KEY MOMENT: With Haddin on just nine, and Australia reeling at 5-108, England thought they'd snared the key wicket of their tormentor this series. Alastair Cook called for a review when Haddin was given not out on a caught behind appeal - but replays confirmed umpire Marais Erasmus had been spot on. The ball flicked the front pad, then the back, and Haddin stayed on to hit a cavalier 75.

STAT OF THE DAY: 1972. The last time an Australian hit a half century in every Test of an Ashes series, until Haddin matched the feat on Friday.

SUMMARY: England dominated the first session, but Australia took hold of the match after that. An all-too-familiar top order collapse left Australia four wickets down at lunch, but a stunning revival spearheaded by Smith and Haddin carried them to a respectable total of 326. Mitchell Johnson's wicket of Michael Carberry before stumps leaves England 318 runs in arrears.

3:22pm (Tea) | Haddin rescues Australia again

Brad Haddin is staging his latest rescue mission this Ashes series, after England had Australia reeling on day one of the first Test in Sydney.

Australia were in all sorts of trouble at 5-97, but not for the first time this summer, Haddin fought back to steady the first innings and guide the home side to 5-201 at tea.

Haddin (59 not out) and Steve Smith (48no) have put on a crucial sixth-wicket stand of 104, after Australia were sent in by England and suffered another worrying top order collapse.

Veteran wicketkeeper Haddin has now scored four half-centuries and a ton from every first innings he's played this series, and leading into this Test he'd scored 46 per cent of Australia's runs in the first dig.

Persistent rumours have suggested Haddin could retire after the Sydney Test, however the speculation has been firmly denied by his management.

The veteran wicketkeeper might be 36 years old, but he's in the form of his career.

In Brisbane, Haddin turned the momentum of the entire series when he came in at 5-100 and smashed 94.

Likewise in Perth and Melbourne, he changed the course of the match after early wickets had fallen.

Batting at No.7, he's the second highest run-scorer this series and has been crucial in Australia reaching the verge of just the third 5-0 whitewash in Ashes history.

This is the second century partnership put on by Haddin and Smith this summer.

England were in the driver's seat shortly after lunch, with Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes taking two wickets each and James Anderson chipping in with one.

Openers David Warner and Chris Rogers fell cheaply and Michael Clarke and Shane Watson went before lunch.

George Bailey was then on his way for 1 three overs into the second session and his place in the Test team appears in danger.

However, once again the tourists weren't able to get past Haddin and go on with the job.

To make matters worse, debutant fast bowler Boyd Rankin left the field one ball into his second spell, clutching his left hamstring to leave England's arsenal underdone.

Smith, who scored a century in Perth, carried on despite copping a nasty blow on the hand from Stokes.

12:30pm (Lunch) | England strike hard

England has refused to bow down in the face of an Ashes whitewash, striking four times with the ball on the first morning of the fifth Test in Sydney.

Alastair Cook won his first toss of the series and took a gamble by sending Australia in.

However, the captain's nerves were calmed after his quicks removed Australian openers David Warner and Chris Rogers and skipper Michael Clarke cheaply then Shane Watson shortly before lunch to put England in charge.

Australia were 4-94 at lunch in front of a near-capacity crowd at the revamped SCG, with in-form No.3 Shane Watson falling for 43 on the last ball before the break.

Steve Smith was eight not out and to be joined by George Bailey.

England missed an opportunity to run Clarke out when Michael Carberry failed to hit the stumps, but impressive allrounder Ben Stokes made up for it by removing the skipper for 10 for his second wicket of the morning.

Australia were 2-78 before Clarke's dismissal, and when James Anderson inflicted the first lbw for an Australian batsman this series when he trapped Watson, the home side were left rocking for one of the few times this summer.

Selectors stuck with the same line-up to make this the first Australian side to see out a five-match series unchanged, however the batsmen have some work to do if they're to set up the third 5-0 clean sweep in Ashes history.

Desperate England blooded three debutants, the most in more than 20 years, with Joe Root among the casualties.

Cook obviously liked what he saw from the grassy SCG wicket when he made his toss decision, and despite moments of inconsistency, his quicks stood up.

Stuart Broad bowled sharply from the outset and bowled a scrambled Warner in the sixth over to leave Australia 1-22.

In his previous over, Warner (16) had punched Broad for three boundaries from four balls, but he attempted one drive too many and footwork let him down badly.

Whole-hearted competitor Stokes had Chris Rogers dragging one on through his legs attempting a pull shot for 11 and then removed Clarke with a brilliant full delivery which produced an edge to Ian Bell at second slip.

Stokes had figures of 2-32.

10:15am | England win toss, bowl first

England captain Alastair Cook has won the toss and chosen to bowl first under overcast skies in the fifth Ashes Test against England at the SCG.

Australia have named an unchanged side for the fifth Test this series, a record-breaking feat as they seek to complete a 5-0 whitewash, while England have ushered in a new era by naming three debutants.

Joe Root has surprisingly been dumped by the tourists, who have called young quick Boyd Rankin, legspinner Scott Borthwick and left-handed batsman Gary Ballance in to their team.

Also omitted by England are left-arm spinner Monty Panesar and fast bowler Tim Bresnan.

By contrast, Australia's decision to stick with out-of-sorts batsman George Bailey ahead of allrounder James Faulkner ensures this group becomes the first Australian side, and just the fourth international team, to field the same side throughout a five-Test series.

Clarke praised the work of team physio Alex Kountouris for enabling him to stick with an unchanged lineup throughout the entire series.

Key duo Shane Watson (groin) and Ryan Harris (knee) had been in doubt for the Sydney Test but recovered sufficiently for coach Darren Lehmann to take the "romantic" option as Clarke had described yesterday.

Cook said his decision to send Australia in to bat, with his first win of the toss all summer, was brought on by a grassy wicket and seam-friendly overhead conditions.

In the 21 previous times a captain has sent the opposition in at the SCG, they've lost 10 times, won six and been involved in five draws.


Australia: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.
England: Alastair Cook, Michael Carberry, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Scott Borthwick, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Boyd Rankin.

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