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Hughes falls at lunch as England make breakthrough

England finally separated Australia's openers on the brink of lunch on the first day of the fifth Ashes test on Monday when Phillip Hughes was dismissed for 31 to leave the hosts on 55-1.

January 03, 2011 / 12:46 PM IST

England finally separated Australia's openers on the brink of lunch on the first day of the fifth Ashes test on Monday when Phillip Hughes was dismissed for 31 to leave the hosts on 55-1.


While England have already secured the Ashes, Australia could square the series with victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground and are hoping to put 2010 firmly behind them under stand-in captain Michael Clarke.


Hughes had belied his previous poor form against the English quicks with some confident strokes but just as he looked set to make it through the first session, Chris Tremlett tempted him into a sloppy shot and Paul Collingwood took the catch at slip.


Watson, well aware that the top order has largely failed Australia in this series and that the pitch is likely to lose its life later in the day, played more conservatively for his boundary-less 19.


Hughes' dismissal brought up the lunch break and debutant Usman Khawaja, in the side for the injured Ricky Ponting, will have to wait a little longer to start his first test innings.


England captain Andrew Strauss, who kept faith with the team that retained the Ashes with an innings and 157 run victory in Melbourne last week, had urged his bowlers to put the Australians under pressure.


Tremlett, James Anderson and Tim Bresnan were, however, unable to get much swing going despite a reasonably grassy track with overcast skies overhead.


Tremlett was the pick of the bowlers but before the wicket chances were restricted to a couple of dismissed appeals for lbw and a tough catching chance for Alastair Cook at short leg.


Australia have also given a debut to left-arm spinner Michael Beer.


Clarke, captaining his country in a test for the first time in place of Ponting, started well by winning the toss and bucked the tradition of doling out the baggy green caps himself.

Khawaja received his from former captain and test opener Mark Taylor.

first published: Jan 3, 2011 10:46 am

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