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Cricket Series: Australia vs England The Ashes 2015
Australia Squad: CJL Rogers, DA Warner, SPD Smith, MJ Clarke*, AC Voges, MR Marsh, PM Nevill†, MG Johnson, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon
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Australia ended the opening day of the final Investec Ashes test match against England in a strong position with the bat, ending the day on 287/3.
Michael Clarke lost the final toss of his test career and was sent in to bat by England Captain Alistair Cook on a green looking wicket with heavy atmospheric conditions. David Warner and Chris Rodgers got off to a cautious start, ensuring that they keep their wickets intact during the initial phase of the innings. This paid off rich dividends, as the pair were able to see out the entire morning session without losing a wicket. Lunch was taken with Australia on 82 without loss, with Warner already notching up yet another test match fifty.
Mark Wood made the first breakthrough for England after lunch, when he had Chris Rodgers caught with his score on 43 off 100 balls. Steven Smith joined Warner out in the middle and the pair put on a 51 runs partnership before Ali struck pick up the big wicket of David Warner for 85 off 131 balls. Warner will have been disappointed about not going on to register a much needed century. The tea break was taken with Australia in a strong position on 184/2.
Ben Stokes struck soon after tea to send the Australian Captain back to the pavilion for 15. Clarke reviewed the caught behind, but the decision was upheld by the third umpire. Adam Voges joined Steven Smith out in the middle and the pair did a good job to bat out the entire final session without any further hassles. Play was called off in the 80th over of the day, just before England had the opportunity of taking the new ball.
Australia batted at a decent run rate of 3.6 runs per over which should allow the match to move forward making a result very possible.