The Ashes series continues at Perth, Australia with the 3rd test match of the series beginning on the 16th of December. Australia must have got up all bright and happy thinking “Yes we can”, but sadly for them there’s nothing they can do at the moment to stop the Brits.
England won the toss and chose to field, and it was all uphill from that moment on.
With just the first day finishing England already has the upper hand,
What the key factor to England’s brilliance is that they just don’t let any player settle down and build partnerships, James Anderson dismissed 3 important Aussies, the captain Rickey Ponting who is yet to make a difference for his side, Brad Haddin who at one time in the match looked to do quite a bit of damage making 53runs and Ryan Harris who faced 5 deliveries and only managed to make 3runs, so much for jet lag James Anderson!
Stuart Broad was dropped from the tour due to injury and his replacement, Chris Tremlett, the Brits are probably thanking their stars that they chose him instead of Tim Bresnan who was another alternative for Broad; he also took 3 wickets today, not wasting anytime to prove his value to the side, he took the all important wickets of Phillip Hughes who was looking uncomfortable from the start itself and made only 2runs on facing 10 deliveries, the pup (Michael Clarke) was also dismissed quite early making just 4 runs.
Steven Finn probably took the most crucial wickets today, that of opener Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson who made a brilliant 62 runs of 93 balls. Graeme Swann also took 2 wickets that of Michael Hussey who made 61 and Ben Hilfenhaus who made 13. So Australia managed to put up a sad total of 268 in their first innings.
England now trail the first innings by 239 runs with 10 wickets remaining, day one ending at Andrew Strauss at 12 and Alastair Cook at 17.
Whether or not Australia manage to pick themselves up from their disastrous first day we will know fast enough, but again, England are sitting pretty and Australia can do didley squat.