Hussey leads Australia’s fightback on day two of Ashes opener

Friday, November 26, 2010

BRISBANE - Australian middle-order batsman Michael Hussey led a counter-attack for the home team after England dominated the second session of day two of opening Ashes Test in Brisbane on Friday.

Replying to England’s first innings score of 260, Australia were 220 for five when play was stopped due to bad light with a scheduled hour left.

Australia trail England by 40 runs with five wickets remaining in the 1st innings

Hussey unbeaten on 81 and Brad Haddin 22 not out were the batsmen on crease sharing an unbeaten 77 run sixth-wicket partnership.

Their partnership steadied the innings after the hosts lost four wickets in a calamitous second session.

Ricky Ponting (10) and Simon Katich (50) fell in the first half hour after lunch.

Michael Clarke (nine) was caught behind in the second hour and Marcus North (one) quickly followed.

Clarke top-edged a pull shot from Steven Finn (2-61) and North edged Graeme Swann (1-59) to slip.

Brief Scorecard:

England: Ist Innings:- 260 (Bell 76, Cook 67, Siddle 6-54)

Australia: Ist Innings:- 220-5 (Hussey, 81 not out, Katich 50, Anderson 2-40) (ANI)

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