Strauss And Cook Launch England Fightback
England 260 & 309-1 (Cook 132no) v
Australia 481 (Hussey 195)
First Ashes Test, Brisbane, day four
Openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook scored timely centuries as England dominated day four of the first Ashes Test against Australia, closing on 309 for one in their second innings and with an overall lead of 88.
Under severe pressure when play resumed, replying to Australia's 481 and having been dismissed for 260 in their first innings, England responded in the best possible manner as the left-handed pair put on 188 for the first wicket.
Strauss made his 19th Test century, falling for 110 in 224 balls with 15 fours when he was stumped by Brad Haddin off Marcus North for Australia's only success of the day.
Cook's 14th century saw him close unbeaten on 132, having faced 270 balls and hit 12 fours and he put on an unbroken century stand for the second wicket with Jonathan Trott, who closed unbeaten on 54.
Mike Hussey's 195 and Brad Haddin's 136 helped Australia claim a big first-innings lead after Peter Siddle's figures of six for 54, including a hat-trick, saw England dismissed cheaply on day one.
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