Ashes 2013-14: England reduce Australia to 153/6 at tea on Day 1 of 1st Test at the Gabba

James Anderson (right) dismissed debutant George Bailey (not in photo). All six of Australia’s wickets have been taken by the seamers for England © Getty Images

By Shrikant Shankar

Nov 21, 2013

England have reduced Australia to 153 for six at tea on Day One of the first Ashes 2013-14 Test in Brisbane at the Gabba on Thursday. The wrecker-in-chief has been Stuart Broad who has taken four wickets. James Anderson and Chris Tremlett have taken one wicket-a-piece.

Brad Haddin (24 not out) and Mitchell Johnson (12 not out) are at the crease.

Soon after the lunch session, Broad struck to dismiss Michael Clarke for one. The Australian captain was surprised by a short delivery and gloved it to Ian Bell at forward short-leg.

Then David Warner, who looked like cruising to a half-century, hit a half-hearted shot off Broad to Kevin Pietersen at extra-cover, who made no mistake. Debutant George Bailey hit the first ball he faced straight down the ground for three as the crowd cheered.

His stay, however, did not last long as he edged an away swinger from James Anderson to Alastair Cook at first slip. Brad Haddin, who is also playing his 50th Test, looked to take the attack to the opposition. He struck a couple of fours early on.

Steven Smith then began to score more freely. He used his feet well against off-spinner Graeme Swann and kept rotating the strike. He then pulled a short ball from Chris Tremlett for a four towards the square-leg region.

The next ball from Tremett took a wicked bounce and Smith could not avoid taking his bat away and edged it to Cook at first slip. Mitchell Johnson was the new man in. After playing out a few deliveries, Johnson launched Swann for a massive six over long-on.

That was about it as tea was taken with Australia at 153 for six. Haddin was batting on 24 and Johnson was on 12.

Brief scores:

Australia 153 for 6 (David Warner 49, Steven Smith 31; Stuart Broad 4 for 49) vs England.

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(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)