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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cricket - 4th Ashes Test : England dominate the Aussies on day one

England put themselves in a remarkably dominant position after day one of the fourth Ashes Test having bowled out Australia for just 98 in Melbourne.

Chris Tremlett and James Anderson swung the ball beautifully to take four wickets each for England after captain Andrew Strauss had won an important toss.

In Australia's mitigation was the fact that cool, cloudy conditions up until tea had turned the early exchanges into something more akin to a May Test match in England, with bowlers able to extract swing and seam movement.

Tremlett returned to wrap up the tail and Australia were all out in 42.5 overs. Every dismissal had been as a result of a catch behind the wicket.

After tea the clouds melted away as Strauss (64no) and Cook (80no) strode to the crease. And apart from one or two early deliveries from Ben Hilfenhaus the ball did not swing for the Australians.

Strauss and Alastair Cook pushed England along to a very healthy 157-0 in reply at stumps - 59 runs ahead with all 10 wickets in hand.

Fourth Ashes Test : (stumps, day one)
Australia 98 v England 157-0


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