Shamik Das

Thursday, December 14, 2006


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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