Australians 231-3 (Watson 84, Hussey 75no) v
Tour match, Northampton, day one
Shane Watson pressed his case for a place in the third Ashes match at Edgbaston as he scored 84 as the Australians madee their way to stumps on day one of their three-day tour match against Northamptonshire to 231 for three.
And Watson's 84 in 96 balls came after openers Phillip Hughes (10) and Simon Katich (25) were both caught behind the wicket.
Hughes was again caught off a lifting delivery, David Wigley having him caught at gully by Alex Wakely before Katich edged David Willey to wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien to leave Australia at 48 for two.
Watson rebuilt the innings, putting on 99 runs with captain Michael Hussey, the all-rounder hitting 15 fours and a six before he edged spinner Graeme White to O'Brien.
Hussey, who has struggled to find his best form in the Tests so far, compiled a much-needed half-century as he visited a ground on which he has played many times before during his time with Northamptonshire.
Rain caused a number of interruptions and when bad light was offered, and taken, late in the day, Hussey had made his way to 75 not out with Marcus North alongside on 32.
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