Solid batting from Australia on first day of final Test
Australia 287-3 (Warner 85) v England
Fifth Test, The Oval, day one
England won the toss and opted to bowl first. Australia were uncharacteristically slow and careful scoring just 19 for no loss in the first 14 overs.
The first four of the game came in the 15th over off Ben Stokes (1-59) who was take for one four each by David Warner (85) and Chris Rogers (43).
Warner quickly got going with a few more fours getting to his fifty in 76 balls with a four off Steven Finn (0-78) as Australia went to 78 for no loss after 25 overs.
Australia went into lunch without losing a single wicket, on 82 after 27 overs.
Rogers got to 2,000 Test runs in his last game in the Baggy Green and 100 came up for Australia in the 31st over with a four from Rogers off Stuart Broad (0-43).
The partnership eventually ended on 110 when Rogers chased a short and wide delivery outside off and got an edge to slip off Mark Wood (1-41) where Alastair Cook took the catch at the second attempt.
Australia were 161 for one after 45 overs before the 51-run second-wicket partnership was ended as Moeen Ali (1-49) got Warner to nick one to slip missing out on a century which appeared well within his grasp.
Australia went into tea on 184 for two after 53 overs with both Michael Clarke (15) and Steven Smith (78 not out) looking comfortable despite the odd ball going in the air.
The track looked good for batting most of the time, with a little nibble and swing to encourage bowlers.
Clarke, faced with the possibility of ending his career with an average of less than 50, got a faint edge to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler early in the post-tea session.
Given out, he reviewed it and although Hot Spot didn’t show the edge, it was picked up in Real Time Snicko, allowing the third umpire to uphold the on-field umpire’s call.
Australia were 187 for three after 55 overs and Smith brought up his fifty in the 61st over with a delightful cover drive.
Australia got some quick runs between 62nd and 63rd overs as three consecutive balls from Ali and then Stokes went for a total of 14 runs.
Australia went to 254 for three after 70 overs. That is when play was interrupted with some rain in the air.
After a short stoppage, Adam Voges (47 not out) started well with a couple of fours off Finn, one of them from an edge that went between second and fourth slip.
Smith had similar luck when his thick edge bounced past second slip couple of overs later.
Play was eventually called off due to bad light when Australia were on 287 for three after 79.4 overs with the new ball due in two more deliveries.
Voges and Smith have added an unbeaten 101 runs for the fourth wicket.
For England, while Broad was a few inches short throughout the day, Finn was unlucky repeatedly beating the bat, particularly in the morning session.
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