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Australia recovers after an early shock – 1st Test vs. England

Zia Rana November 21, 2013

Australia 8-273 (Brad Haddin 78*, Mitchell Johnson 64, David Warner 49, Stuart Broad 5-65, James Anderson 2-61) vs. England

The Australian wicket keeper, Brad Haddin, along with Mitchell Johnson stabilised the first innings after Stuart Broad removed their top order cheaply.

The Kangaroos scored 273 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 90 overs.

The first Ashes Test of the five match series commenced on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

Earlier, Michael Clarke, the skipper of the home side, won the toss and decided to bat first. They lost their first wicket at just 12 runs as Stuart Broad struck early and Shane Watson associated with David Warner. The batsmen found it hard to score briskly but kept on crawling with occasional boundaries and reached 53 after 18 overs. Watson became the second victim of Broad at 71after scoring 22 and Clarke followed him two runs later for just one.

Stuart Broad - Star of the day with 5 wickets

Stuart Broad – Star of the day with 5 wickets

Stuart Broad kept the pressure on the batting side and grasped the important wicket of Warner at 83 at his personal contribution of 49. The Kangaroos were 5-100 when Steven Smith and Brad Haddin tried to consolidate the innings. The pair pushed the score to 132 when the first was caught by the English captain, Alastair Cook, off Chris Tremlett for 31.

The Aussies were reeling at 6-132 as Mitchell Johnson joined in with Haddin and the runs started pouring in at a reasonable rate. Brad Haddin reached his 13th Test fifty in the 75th over and Johnson attained his 8th Test half century three overs later. The 114 runs partnership was broken at 246 when Mitchell Johnson was clean bowled by Broad for 64. Haddin and Ryan Harris were unbeaten at 78 and 4 runs respectively as the hosts managed 8-273 at stumps on day one.

Stuart Broad was the star of the day with the ball by grabbing five wickets, James Anderson held two and Chris Tremlett got one wicket.

Brad Haddin will be anticipating his fourth Test century on the second day that will provide a fighting total for Australia.

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