Australia’s batting struggled again…

All important 3rd Ashes Test begins at Perth. England invited Aussies to bat first after winning the toss. No surprises were their in the final eleven as Beer was not included in the playing eleven and for England Tremlett was called for injured Broad.

Australia:1 Shane Watson, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Steven Smith, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Ryan Harris, 10 Peter Siddle, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus

England:1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Graeme Swann, 9 James Anderson, 10 Chris Tremlett, 11 Steven Finn

Unfortunately for Aussies Phillips Hughes didn’t bring any luck with him, as Australia lost their first wicket in 2nd over. Ponting started his innings in uncharacteristic  style flying to 12 of just 9 balls but Collingwood picked up an stunner at 3rd slip and awarded Anderson with a wicket.

Clarke didn’t last long and Watson also soon followed others, so Australia once again found themselves in trouble due to failure of top order.

When, so-called batting all rounder Smith  joined Hussey Australia was in deep trouble at 36 for 4. Coming at number 6 Smith didn’t do better than North losing his wicket after facing 34 balls and only scoring 5 runs.

At 69-5 Haddin joined Hussey with a difficult task of saving Australia from another embarrassment. Both played quite nicely sharing another fifty partnership. Meanwhile Hussey got his half century before been  dislaunched  by Swann.

Returning Johnson made his way to the middle at 139-6. He started his innings fearlessly scoring his runs freely. Haddin, after taking part in another crucial 50 runs stand lost his wicket to Anderson. He scored 53 runs.

Harris scored his first run of the series before been dismissed by perfect delivery of Anderson for just 3. Australia were 201 for 8.

On the other end, Johnson continued his fearless batting launching ball to all parts of ground. He scored his well deserved fifty in 79 balls. Siddle also continued to support Johnson who got out after scoring 62 runs.

Hilfenhaus and Siddle shared a crucial last wicket partnership of 34 runs and Australia managed to score 268 before Swann finished things off by dismissing Hilfenhaus.

England openers faced a tough task of surviving 12 overs. Strauss and Cook made sure that they end the action packed first day of Perth test without losing a wicket.

At stumps England was 29-0 needing 239 more runs to equal Australia’s first innings score of 269.

Man Of The Day: I think it was Chris Tremlett who got 3 wickets on his debut.

Flop Of The Day: When ever you get a chance, you need to capitalize on it but P Hughes again failed to deliver scoring only 2 runs.

Moment Of The Day: Collingwood took a superb catch to dismiss Aussies Captain Ponting who was looking quite dangerous to knock a big one.

So, the bottom line  is that, Australia will again be under immense pressure after the failure of their batting again.

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