Western Australia v England XI, tour match, Perth, 1st day November 5, 2010

Stuart Broad leads strong England warm-up

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England XI 1 for 10 trail Western Australia 8 for 242 dec (Voges 72, Robinson 62, Broad 3-47) by 232 runs
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Stuart Broad was quick to adapt to Australian conditions as he gained three wickets on the opening day of their tour opener against Western Australia. England's enjoyed a dramatic start to their trip, with Broad taking two wickets in the second over, and the other fast bowlers completed a decent first hit-out.

Western Australia declared at 8 for 242 to leave England's openers six overs to face, but they lost Alastair Cook for 5 when he was bowled off the midriff while trying to pull Steve Magoffin. Andrew Strauss, who was 5, took them to 1 for 10 at stumps, while the nightwatchman James Anderson was on zero.

The game began in a flurry of action and Broad, who is expected to be a key figure in the Ashes, was on a hat-trick almost immediately. Liam Davis edged to Graeme Swann, who took a diving catch at second slip, and Michael Swart flinched at a short ball before popping it to Paul Collingwood at first slip. Broad finished with 3 for 47 from 18 overs and will be keen for more work before the three-day game ends.

Marcus North, Australia's No.6, was edgy at the start of his innings and survived a couple of loud appeals for lbws from Broad. North has been under pressure to build on his starts over the past year, but he fell shortly before lunch when Broad returned for another spell.

After spending 72 balls creeping to 19, North cut to Swann at second slip, as Broad collected 3 for 13 in nine impressive overs in the first session. It was a slow day after Broad's initial breakthroughs as the hosts tried to hold on through Adam Voges (72) and Wes Robinson (62).

Anderson, who gave up eight runs from his nine overs before the break, delivered 22 for the day and finished with 1 for 49. The wicket came when Luke Pomersbach (21) edged behind and followed Paul Collingwood's caught-and-bowled of Robinson. Steven Finn was less effective but did pick up Luke Ronchi (32) after tea to have 1 for 69, while Swann was given 20 overs and gained the scalp of Ryan Duffield.

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  • Trickstar on November 6, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Both Anderson and Broad bowled outstanding in their opening spells, Anderson deserved more than he got and the WA team found him the most difficult to score off.I hope the England team give Tremlett a go because I think at this stage of his career he's better than Finn.For at team playing there first game in 6 weeks and in foreign surroundings they look good, but the batters are going to need these 3 games to find their feet against the bounce and different lengths the bowlers bowl.

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    CA & ECB "you guys don't do anything good for cricket - Ashes ok but 7 ODis? ... play Ashes 3 ODIs & 3 T20s ... and all those big tours must play with 3 tests 1-3 ODI's & 1-3 T20s ... thats is ... not those 5-7 ODIs ... or you guys going to make cricket boring and don't take same team more then 2 times/year .... make chart & play every team against all top 10 ODi squad in the world within 2 years of time

  • JB77 on November 6, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    Cook a future England captain? Future drinks-carrier more like. What has he learnt since 2006/2007? Nothing it would seem. Walking wicket. And before you Poms have a go at me - I've got the same opinion about Clarke as well.

  • Puppster23 on November 6, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    Think this 1st day's play has given us a glimpse, of things to come for the English attack. They would depend on Broad for most of their wickets, because I don't think likes of Finn, Swann or Anderson are going to get much love from the Aussie conditions!!

  • on November 6, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    tomhedley calls the Aussie attack laughable. This is one of the joys of being a long term Aussie cricket follower - thestandard confident dismissal by English supporters of the current Australian quick bowlers, about to bowl in Australian conditions, in an Ashes series. The form is familiar - the retirement of some quality Oz bowler with whom they have had trouble and the replacement with bowlers they know little of - especially in Oz conditions. History shows, however, these unknowns have a habit of becoming the next in the line of Oz bowlers who English bats struggle with in Oz conditions. Let's see if English bats do better than Oz domestic players have in Oz conditions against Hilfenhaus & Bollinger where these two have been outstanding. My prediction - Hilfenhaus and Bollinger will be equally as formidable as any opening bowling pair we have had in 20years. Have a look at England's batting record in Brisbane tests in the last 20yrs. Maybe it will change - we'll see.

  • ruester on November 6, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    For speculation that North will be an Aussie captain is laughable, England want him in the side for sure, yes he scores hundreds but I watched him live at lords during the last ashes. Worst innings I have ever seen from an Aussie test batsman, he didnt fancy it at all. Yes good bowling from England that day but North didnt look like he could play anattacking shot. The past generation of batters must be shaking their heads at the poor quality of their replacements. I still think it will be a very tight series because I dont think Englands bowlers are that good in Australian conditions.

  • Biggus on November 6, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    @gnomeorram- No, I don't think that North declared to deny Swann wickets. I think the answer is somewhat more prosaic. I reckon he simply figured that the chance to get at the English openers after a long day in the field outweighed the five or ten runs that the end of the tail might add, and the result seems to justify his decision, with Cook going cheaply.

  • jazzmaster on November 6, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Yes Muzmeister,all but one were sensible comments until you came along! Broad won the last Ashes!?? Surely such an outstanding individual effort deserved an OBE. If you want to make such dramatic declarations, I think mentioning Flintoff''s lucky throw to run out Ponting would better fit the bill as Ponting was going to bat all day. Broad is good but he probably won't play 5 tests because he'll finally cop a suspension for some petulant and unsporting act that his dad can't get him off of. Graham Swann? Legend in his own lunchtime.

  • Winsome on November 5, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    A couple of other things, Jimmy's action is really good to watch live, I've never thought about it much before but he looks far smoother at the ground than on the idiot box.

    And Voges wasn't hanging on, that's a hypey journo comment if there ever was one. He looked untroubled till he got ran out, I think that was the only way they could have got him. He is a very good batsman to watch with a light touch and quick feet.I've not been able to see him much before, but I can see why Punter rates him.

  • Winsome on November 5, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Were any of you at the match? There are some odd comments here.

    It was an interesting days play. Definitely a warm-up as I think only Broad looked dangerous, but it is sort of a range-finding mission for the English bowlers as most of them are inexperienced in Australia. It should be a fascinating summer.

    North didn't need to try that hard to keep Swann wicketless, he looked ineffective most of the day which was disappointing as I was really looking forward to him putting the batsmen under some pressure. But he'll find his length and lines the more he bowls here and Il expect him to trouble the Aussies plenty come the real stuff.

  • Trickstar on November 6, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Both Anderson and Broad bowled outstanding in their opening spells, Anderson deserved more than he got and the WA team found him the most difficult to score off.I hope the England team give Tremlett a go because I think at this stage of his career he's better than Finn.For at team playing there first game in 6 weeks and in foreign surroundings they look good, but the batters are going to need these 3 games to find their feet against the bounce and different lengths the bowlers bowl.

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    CA & ECB "you guys don't do anything good for cricket - Ashes ok but 7 ODis? ... play Ashes 3 ODIs & 3 T20s ... and all those big tours must play with 3 tests 1-3 ODI's & 1-3 T20s ... thats is ... not those 5-7 ODIs ... or you guys going to make cricket boring and don't take same team more then 2 times/year .... make chart & play every team against all top 10 ODi squad in the world within 2 years of time

  • JB77 on November 6, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    Cook a future England captain? Future drinks-carrier more like. What has he learnt since 2006/2007? Nothing it would seem. Walking wicket. And before you Poms have a go at me - I've got the same opinion about Clarke as well.

  • Puppster23 on November 6, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    Think this 1st day's play has given us a glimpse, of things to come for the English attack. They would depend on Broad for most of their wickets, because I don't think likes of Finn, Swann or Anderson are going to get much love from the Aussie conditions!!

  • on November 6, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    tomhedley calls the Aussie attack laughable. This is one of the joys of being a long term Aussie cricket follower - thestandard confident dismissal by English supporters of the current Australian quick bowlers, about to bowl in Australian conditions, in an Ashes series. The form is familiar - the retirement of some quality Oz bowler with whom they have had trouble and the replacement with bowlers they know little of - especially in Oz conditions. History shows, however, these unknowns have a habit of becoming the next in the line of Oz bowlers who English bats struggle with in Oz conditions. Let's see if English bats do better than Oz domestic players have in Oz conditions against Hilfenhaus & Bollinger where these two have been outstanding. My prediction - Hilfenhaus and Bollinger will be equally as formidable as any opening bowling pair we have had in 20years. Have a look at England's batting record in Brisbane tests in the last 20yrs. Maybe it will change - we'll see.

  • ruester on November 6, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    For speculation that North will be an Aussie captain is laughable, England want him in the side for sure, yes he scores hundreds but I watched him live at lords during the last ashes. Worst innings I have ever seen from an Aussie test batsman, he didnt fancy it at all. Yes good bowling from England that day but North didnt look like he could play anattacking shot. The past generation of batters must be shaking their heads at the poor quality of their replacements. I still think it will be a very tight series because I dont think Englands bowlers are that good in Australian conditions.

  • Biggus on November 6, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    @gnomeorram- No, I don't think that North declared to deny Swann wickets. I think the answer is somewhat more prosaic. I reckon he simply figured that the chance to get at the English openers after a long day in the field outweighed the five or ten runs that the end of the tail might add, and the result seems to justify his decision, with Cook going cheaply.

  • jazzmaster on November 6, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Yes Muzmeister,all but one were sensible comments until you came along! Broad won the last Ashes!?? Surely such an outstanding individual effort deserved an OBE. If you want to make such dramatic declarations, I think mentioning Flintoff''s lucky throw to run out Ponting would better fit the bill as Ponting was going to bat all day. Broad is good but he probably won't play 5 tests because he'll finally cop a suspension for some petulant and unsporting act that his dad can't get him off of. Graham Swann? Legend in his own lunchtime.

  • Winsome on November 5, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    A couple of other things, Jimmy's action is really good to watch live, I've never thought about it much before but he looks far smoother at the ground than on the idiot box.

    And Voges wasn't hanging on, that's a hypey journo comment if there ever was one. He looked untroubled till he got ran out, I think that was the only way they could have got him. He is a very good batsman to watch with a light touch and quick feet.I've not been able to see him much before, but I can see why Punter rates him.

  • Winsome on November 5, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Were any of you at the match? There are some odd comments here.

    It was an interesting days play. Definitely a warm-up as I think only Broad looked dangerous, but it is sort of a range-finding mission for the English bowlers as most of them are inexperienced in Australia. It should be a fascinating summer.

    North didn't need to try that hard to keep Swann wicketless, he looked ineffective most of the day which was disappointing as I was really looking forward to him putting the batsmen under some pressure. But he'll find his length and lines the more he bowls here and Il expect him to trouble the Aussies plenty come the real stuff.

  • Winsome on November 5, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Interesting day's play and it was a beautiful day for cricket at the WACA. Broad was the most impressive but the Perth pitch must have died early as none of the others looked that impressive. Voges didn't look troubled at all and finally got himself out.

    I don't think a first day WACA pitch is of any use to Swann he looked mostly ineffective and was handled easily by Robinson once he got his eye in against him.

    Broad bowled well though, he should enjoy bowling in Australia.

    I wish I could go and watch today as there was plenty to keep the spectators interested.

  • landl47 on November 5, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Not a bad day's work for a side only a few days off the plane and playing their first game for 6 weeks. Keeping WA to 45 and taking North's wicket before lunch was a great effort; I'm sure they were feeling it a bit by the end of the day, but that's why they play these matches. Strauss and Flower have it right by playing hard, serious matches unstead of glorified batting practice which doesn't prepare players for the rigors of test cricket.

    Valvolux, the only problem with your theory is that Australia are 4 top line bowlers short of being able to win a match against anyone, as their last 7 internationals (including 3 test matches) have shown. If you're right, it will be a 0-0 tie and England will retain the Ashes.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    loits of englishmen with an opinion when they think there side is going to win - usually the case. you chaps have anasty surprise coming your way. :)

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Broad definitely burst onto the scene and that's a good thing. Finn's young but once he's adapted to the conditions and sorted out the line and length he should be bowling I think he'll do well. Swann just needs to continue bowling as much as he can and he'll be fine, and Anderson takes care of himself. We might be one bowler light with a four-man bowling attack and I'd personally have a five-man bowling attack, but so far it's going pretty well.

    My only concern is Cook. If he doesn't get into form and say Pietersen and Collingwood do (they played well in Australia during the 5-0 drubbing in 06/07) then Trott may have to open with Morgan in at six. I can't see Bell being left out.

  • muzmeister on November 5, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    How pleasantly surprrised I was to see all but one comment was sensible. Valvolux was probably confused between this match and one he saw a few years ago. Truly ridiculous comments Val. Broad won the last Ashes and he will feature strongly again. Anderson is more thana swing bowler nowadays. Economical and effective. Finn will cost a few runs but will chime in with the odd necessary wicket. Swann...superstar. What a great bowling line-up. Goodluck Australia. Good luck North PS. Has anyone else noticed that not only is Ponting not a very good captain but Australia keep on keeping on sliding down. PPS. Anyone else noticed Ponting looks like their father trying to bat. Come on Ricky. Give it up. You are still here so I'd give you the entire Ashes, but after that, please retire gracefully

  • gramedgar on November 5, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    dont forget north outscored most of our batsmen in the last series. but i am glad they are picking him :)

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    valvolux -- Andersen's figures were very tidy and economical, especially for a guy recovering from a rib injury. Finn was more expensive, but hardly disastrously so. It was a good work out for the bowlers on the first day of the tour. Australia should be much more concerned, with Marcus North out for 19 off 73!!! balls.

  • gnomeorram on November 5, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    good solid stuff from england - a marked improvement from previous tour openers. does anyone else get the impression that north was hoping to keep swann wicketless and pretty hastily declared when he got duffield? the campaign to knock swanny off his stride ahead of brisbane gets off to a faltering start...

  • tjsimonsen on November 5, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    valvolux, if you can confidently predict the outcome of a 5-match test series on the basis of the first day of the first warm-up game, you have a great future as a bookie!

  • sgh142 on November 5, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Valvolux, priceless, just priceless!!!! Keep it up Bud, I'm getting more confident by the day!!

  • meswaine on November 5, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    A little premature to comment with any certainty what will happen once the Ashes start - we've only had one day of the one warm up match so far, and obviously not everyone will have adapted yet. Just enjoy the build up folks rather than taking it too seriously of things to come - same with Aus losing all these limited overs games. Test cricket is a completely different ball game.

  • tomhedley on November 5, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    I think the Lions could beat this Australian team! The Aussie bowling is laughable, what is the big deal about Mitchell Johnson, I've never seen him bowl a decent spell let alone a top class one, Hilfenhaus is their only decent performer with the ball.

    Valvolux to say that Swann will only get favourable conditions once is laughable, for a start in turns square in Sydney and Adelaide and ask any spinner what they really want and the answer will be bounce which he will get a lot more than in England.

  • Biggus on November 5, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    I wanted to get down to the ground today but life intervened and I'm playing tomorrow, so it will have to be Sunday. Broad seems to have passed the first test. A common mistake down under is to get excited with the pace and bounce of most of our pitches and pitch too short. Most Australian batsmen pull, hook, and cut well and will punish that sort of stuff. Forcing the striker to drive 'on the up' or getting a good length ball to climb on off stump are the classic ways to get wickets at the WACA. If you are dismissed bowled or lbw here you have likely received an extraordinary delivery or made a bad mistake as anything full enough to hit the wickets should be driveable given the minimal seam movement. The WACA is a great test of 'judgement', or 'temperament' of a young quick, and is consequently not a bad place to start to adjust for this England team.@WilliamFranklin-cricket's an awfully easy game from the sidelines mate.

  • valvolux on November 5, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    if broad is gonna be englands best, forget it england. finn as expected was second rate in aussie conditions as was anderson. swann will only see favourable conditions once in this series.....england are 2 top line bowlers short of winning a test match in these ashes.

  • WilliamFranklin on November 5, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Marcus North = hahahahaha

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  • WilliamFranklin on November 5, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Marcus North = hahahahaha

  • valvolux on November 5, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    if broad is gonna be englands best, forget it england. finn as expected was second rate in aussie conditions as was anderson. swann will only see favourable conditions once in this series.....england are 2 top line bowlers short of winning a test match in these ashes.

  • Biggus on November 5, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    I wanted to get down to the ground today but life intervened and I'm playing tomorrow, so it will have to be Sunday. Broad seems to have passed the first test. A common mistake down under is to get excited with the pace and bounce of most of our pitches and pitch too short. Most Australian batsmen pull, hook, and cut well and will punish that sort of stuff. Forcing the striker to drive 'on the up' or getting a good length ball to climb on off stump are the classic ways to get wickets at the WACA. If you are dismissed bowled or lbw here you have likely received an extraordinary delivery or made a bad mistake as anything full enough to hit the wickets should be driveable given the minimal seam movement. The WACA is a great test of 'judgement', or 'temperament' of a young quick, and is consequently not a bad place to start to adjust for this England team.@WilliamFranklin-cricket's an awfully easy game from the sidelines mate.

  • tomhedley on November 5, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    I think the Lions could beat this Australian team! The Aussie bowling is laughable, what is the big deal about Mitchell Johnson, I've never seen him bowl a decent spell let alone a top class one, Hilfenhaus is their only decent performer with the ball.

    Valvolux to say that Swann will only get favourable conditions once is laughable, for a start in turns square in Sydney and Adelaide and ask any spinner what they really want and the answer will be bounce which he will get a lot more than in England.

  • meswaine on November 5, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    A little premature to comment with any certainty what will happen once the Ashes start - we've only had one day of the one warm up match so far, and obviously not everyone will have adapted yet. Just enjoy the build up folks rather than taking it too seriously of things to come - same with Aus losing all these limited overs games. Test cricket is a completely different ball game.

  • sgh142 on November 5, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Valvolux, priceless, just priceless!!!! Keep it up Bud, I'm getting more confident by the day!!

  • tjsimonsen on November 5, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    valvolux, if you can confidently predict the outcome of a 5-match test series on the basis of the first day of the first warm-up game, you have a great future as a bookie!

  • gnomeorram on November 5, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    good solid stuff from england - a marked improvement from previous tour openers. does anyone else get the impression that north was hoping to keep swann wicketless and pretty hastily declared when he got duffield? the campaign to knock swanny off his stride ahead of brisbane gets off to a faltering start...

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    valvolux -- Andersen's figures were very tidy and economical, especially for a guy recovering from a rib injury. Finn was more expensive, but hardly disastrously so. It was a good work out for the bowlers on the first day of the tour. Australia should be much more concerned, with Marcus North out for 19 off 73!!! balls.

  • gramedgar on November 5, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    dont forget north outscored most of our batsmen in the last series. but i am glad they are picking him :)