Khawaja Impresses But England Shade Day One

Khawaja Impresses But England Shade Day One
Khawaja Impresses But England Shade Day One
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Australia 134-4 (Watson 45, Bresnan 2-47) v England
Fifth Ashes Test, Sydney, day one

Australia closed day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test on 134 for four against England after a rain-interrupted day at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, their top three batsmen all made starts before being dismissed as England did not allow them to build big partnerships.

Openers Phillip Hughes, who made 31 in 93 balls, and Shane Watson, whose 45 came from 127 deliveries, put on 55 for the first wicket before Hughes was caught by Paul Collingwood off Chris Tremlett.

That brought debutant Usman Khawaja to the middle and he settled quickly, hitting five fours in an innings of 37 in 95 balls, adding 50 with Watson, who was next to depart when he was caught by Andrew Strauss off Tim Bresnan.

Bresnan, so impressive in England's innings victory in Melbourne, struck again six overs later to have captain Michael Clarke caught by James Anderson before Khawaja's debut innings was ended by Graeme Swann, who had him caught by Jonathan Trott as he tried a slog-sweep late in the day.

Michael Hussey was unbeaten on 12 when the dismissal of Khawaja heralded the close of play.

England named an unchanged side from the match at Melbourne while in addition to Khawaja replacing injured batsman Ricky Ponting, left-arm spinner Michael Beer also makes his debut in place of injured fast bowler Ryan Harris.

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