Broad Strikes As England Start Ashes Well
Australia 273-8 (Haddin 78*, Broad 5-65) v
First Ashes Test, Brisbane, day one
England's Stuart Broad took five for 65 to leave Australia on 273 for eight after day one of the Ashes series in Brisbane.
Broad, branded a 'smug cheat' and a medium pacer by a Brisbane newspaper ahead of the game, struck as early as the fourth over to remove Chris Rogers for one and he went on to complete a memorable day with the wickets of David Warner (49), Shane Watson (22), Michael Clarke (1) and Mitchell Johnson (64).
Johnson, who faced 134 balls, put on 114 with Brad Haddin, who was unbeaten on 78, for the seventh wicket as Australia fought back from being reduced to 132 for six.
However, once Johnson was gone, James Anderson removed Peter Siddle for seven to leave Australia with plenty of work to do if they are to put England under pressure.
Despite being roundly booed as he took the new ball, Broad was quickly into his stride, consistently mixing hostility with swing. It was too much for Rogers who fended the ball to Ian Bell in much the same way that Clarke would do later; the only difference being that Rogers was caught behind the wicket and Clarke in front.
Warner and Watson were making good progress until Watson hung his bat outside off stump and edged to a diving Graeme Swann in the gulley and Warner, who struck six fours, drilled Broad straight to Pietersen in the covers.
That was 83 for four and nervous-looking debutant George Bailey made three in 15 balls but Anderson came up with a delivery that was too good for him and he nicked to Alastair Cook.
Chris Tremlett was preferred to Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin in England's side and he delivered a sharp rising delivery that Steve Smith (31) could do nothing with except fend to Cook.
Then came Australia's rally, led by Haddin, who faced 132 balls and hit seven fours and a six while Johnson made 64 in 134 deliveries.
Inevitably, it was Broad who broke the partnership, swinging one back in and past Johnson's defences to bowl the left-hander.
As predicted, England handed an Ashes debut to Michael Carberry and recalled Tremlett while Australia's Bailey made his Test debut as Johnson returned to the side.
Matthew Prior was passed fit after recovering from a calf injury and played as Pietersen became the 10th Englishman to play in 100 Tests.
Australia won the toss and chose to bat.
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