Australia pile on the runs with Mitchell Marsh's century
Australia 440-6 (Marsh 136 no) v Essex
Tour match, Chelmsford, day one
Mitchell Marsh scored his second consecutive century, following a David Warner blitz earlier in the day, as Australia piled on a massive 440 runs on day one of their second tour game against Essex in Chelmsford.
The day started on a dull note for the visitors, with Ryan Harris withdrawn from the team at the last moment, as he suffered soreness on his knee, which he sustained in the previous tour game against Kent.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann confirmed the news, while stating that Harris will be sent for scans, with his exact situation to be known in a day or two. Peter Siddle was named the replacement for the 35-year-old.
Ravi Bopara, the Essex captain, won the toss and put Australia in to bat under hot and humid conditions.
David Warner (94), playing his first game of the tour, greeted Jamie Porter (1-71) with a couple of boundaries in the first over to begin the proceedings.
Chris Rogers (21) was the first to fall after he was given out caught behind off Thomas Moore (2-50), even though the left-hander expressed displeasure over the decision.
Michael Clarke’s (0) promotion to number three turned into a disaster as the Australian captain was caught at square leg from his very first delivery leaving Moore on a hat-trick. Australia slipped to 60 for two.
Adam Voges (49) did manage to keep the hat-trick-ball out, but at the other end, Warner was going berserk, bringing up his half-century in just 55 deliveries, laced with nine boundaries.
Just when Warner looked set for a century in the first session, Porter had the swashbuckling opener caught at gully ending his 86-ball knock.
Watson hit the first six of the innings in the 37th over and backed it up with four boundaries in the 39th over to bring up his half-century in just 46 deliveries before Ryan ten Doeschate (1-49) got rid of him.
A huge misunderstanding between Marsh (136 not out) and Voges resulted in the dismissal of the latter, with both the batsmen ending up at the same end taking Australia to 252 for five.
Peter Nevill (78) looked calm and composed, adding 188 runs with Marsh, the latter being the dominant scoring 10 boundaries and five sixes, they were dropped at least four times in the process.
Jesse Ryder (1-52) finally managed to remove Nevill in the final over of the day, but the damage was already done, as Australia reached 440 for six, with Marsh remaining unbeaten, making a strong statement for selection yet again..
Australia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Michael Clarke (captain), Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
Essex: Jaik Mickleburgh, Nick Browne, Tom Westley, Ravi Bopara (captain), Jesse Ryder, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster (wk), Matt Salisbury, Aron Nijjar, Jamie Porter, Tom Moore
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