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

Stuart Broad leads strong England warm-up

ESPNcricinfo staff

England XI 1 for 10 trail Western Australia 8 for 242 dec (Voges 72, Robinson 62, Broad 3-47) by 232 runs

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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  • paul 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Jordan 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.

  • Rishil 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!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Rue 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.

  • Richard 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.

  • BARRY 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.

  • Lou 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.

  • Lou 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.

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