Hussey And Katich Keep England At Bay

Hussey And Watson Keep England At Bay
Hussey And Watson Keep England At Bay
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England 260 (Bell 76, Siddle 6-54) v
Australia 220-5 (Hussey 81no)
First Ashes Test, Brisbane, day two

Rain ended play early on day two of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane with Australia on 220 for five and within 40 runs of England's first-innings score.

Although England bowled well during another enthralling day's play, Australia were able to build partnerships and half-centuries from Simon Katich (50) and Michael Hussey (81 not out) ensured they closed in a strong position.

Openers Shane Watson (36) and Katich put on 78 for the first wicket before Watson was caught by Andrew Strauss off James Anderson, who struck again soon after to remove captain Ricky Ponting, caught behind by Matthew Prior.

Michael Clarke faced 50 balls to make nine before he was caught by Prior off Finn and at 143 for five when Marcus North (1) was caught by Collingwood off Graeme Swann, Australia were wobbling.

However, Hussey stroked his way to 81 in 122 balls, hitting 13 fours and a six, to keep England at bay and he found a willing ally in Brad Haddin, who was unbeaten at stumps on 22.

Anderson claimed two for 61 and Finn, who also had Katich caught and bowled, returned two for 40.

England were bowled out on the opening day for 260 having won the toss, undone by Peter Siddle's career-best figures of six for 54 which also included a hat-trick.

Alastair Cook (67) and Ian Bell (76) scored battling half-centuries for the tourists.

© Cricket World 2010

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