England take day one honours in Perth

December 16, 2010


England won the first day honours in the third Ashes test to the delight of their ‘Barmy Army’, bowling Australia out for 268 and reaching 29 without loss before the close of play.

Australia’s tail wagged hard to get the hosts to respectability and  their four fast bowlers will be keen to get back into the English batsmen on Friday on a pitch that looks to have plenty of  life in it. Mitchell Johnson’s fine knock of 62 will be a big boost to the Queenslander — a confidence player returning after being dropped for the heavy defeat in Adelaide — and he has plenty to prove with the ball.

Although England’s travelling support in the bars of Perth tonight might not agree, this test is not over yet.

Tim Wimborne’s picture shows the  England fans celebrating the dismissal of Phillip Hughes.

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