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England take day one honours in Perth



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.

Ashes day one: advantage Australia?



What an extraordinary first day of Test match cricket, even by Ashes standards. A day that ebbed and flowed, that tormented and teased both sets of supporters and ultimately left us with the question: where does the balance of this match lie?

As Kev notes, lunch for England would have been the equivalent of trying to digest tarmac, a disconcerting affair to say the least. Having won the toss and electing to bat England were reduced to 92-3 by a persevering if unspectacular Australian attack, which left the Barmy Army cowering behind their beer snakes fearing the worst.