Shamik Das


Thursday, December 14, 2006

WACA WACA WACA!!!

Monty Panesar removes fellow Ashes debutant Andrew Symonds    Monty Panesar takes his first Ashes wicket, Justin Langer

Perth, Third Test, First Day: England 51/2 v Australia 244 (Hussey 74; Panesar 5-92, Harmison 4-48)

Mudhsuden Singh Panesar took a mesmeric five-for on day one of the Third Test to put the Ashes back in the balance as England finally showed some fight.

Panesar's figures of 5-92 - in his first game against Australia - were the first time an English spinner had taken a five wicket haul in a Test match at the WACA.

Together with a rejuvanated Steve Harmison the pair ripped through Australia's previously impenetrable batting order, taking nine of the ten wickets to fall - shades of Old Trafford against Pakistan last summer, when the duo took all 19 bowler-credited wickets to fall.

Michael Hussey, with 74, was the only Australian batsman to pass fifty - his fifth consecutive Test half-century, following scores of 182, 86, 91 and 61* - and his eighth in his last ten innings ...

Michael Hussey plays an off-drive during his composed innings of 74    Brett Lee celebrates the dismissal of the ineffective Ian Bell

... and with Brett Lee nipping out Ian Bell caught behind for a duck late on the match is perfectly poised, England 193 runs adrift with eight wickets in hand.

Catch the first day's highlights tonight on BBC Two at 11:20pm, and listen to live coverage of day two on Radio 4 198LW and the
BBC Sport website from 2:30am.

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