Anderson, Tremlett Bowl England Into Strong Position

Anderson, Tremlett Bowl England Into Strong Position
Anderson, Tremlett Bowl England Into Strong Position
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Australia 268 (Johnson 62, Hussey 61) v
England 29-0
Third Ashes Test, Perth, day one

James Anderson and Chris Tremlett took three wickets apiece as England continued their strong Ashes form by bowling Australia out for 268 on the opening day of the third Test in Perth.

Tremlett, back in the side as Stuart Broad's replacement, returned three for 63, Anderson took three for 61 and off-spinner Graeme Swann two for 52 as Australia were bowled out in 76 overs.

England then closed the day on 29 without loss, openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss seeing off a 12-over burst from Australia's quicks.

While England made just the one change forced upon them by Broad's series-ending injury, Australia opted for a four-man pace attack with Johnson and Hilfenhaus both returning as Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle retained their places.

Steven Smith replaced Marcus North in the middle order and Phillip Hughes opened alongside Shane Watson with Simon Katich also ruled out of the rest of the series with injury.

Australia then made a poor start as they slipped to 69 for five having been inserted by England when Strauss won the toss.

Tremlett had Hughes bowled for two and Michael Clarke caught by Matt Prior for four as Steven Finn (2-86) had Watson trapped in front before Anderson had Ricky Ponting (12) outstandingly caught at third slip by Paul Collingwood and Tremlett struck again to remove Smith, caught by Strauss for seven.

Australia's innings was then revitalised by Michael Hussey, who made 61, Brad Haddin, who hit 53 and then Johnson, who top scored with an innings of 62 that included eight fours and one six.

England were also frustrated for a time by Peter Siddle, who scored an unbeaten 35 which included his 500th first-class run before they broke through, Hussey falling to Swann, Haddin to Anderson and Johnson to Finn.

Harris (3) was bowled by Anderson and Hilfenhaus (13) caught by Alastair Cook at short leg off Swann to end the innings.

Strauss was unbeaten on seven and Cook on 14 when stumps were drawn.

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