This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
On the opening day of the 5th and final Ashes test clash, Shane Watson smashed his first test ton in 25 Tests to help Australia move to 307 for 4 at stumps on Wednesday against England.
After winning the toss, the Australian team chose to bat. But it had to suffer a hostile opening spell from Anderson and Broad before Watson hit debutants Woakes and Simon Kerrigan out of the attack. Warner fell to Anderson with catch for wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Afterwards, Rogers fell at 23 when he edged Swann to Jonathan Trott at first slip. Michael Clarke looked helpless throughout his small innings and was bowled off his pads by Anderson in the 43rd over.
Despite his poor form during the whole series with the bat, Watson smashed 25 fours and a six to reach 176, from 247 balls, at The Oval and successfully broke the barrier. Watson batted on after taking a fierce blow to the head from a bouncer by Stuart Broad, was dropped at 104 by Alastair Cook – who was standing in the slips and overturned an lbw decision to Chris Woakes on 160, before finally falling to Broad and a brilliant tumbling catch by Kevin Pietersen.
Afterwards, Australia sent in Peter Siddle as nightwatchman and he added an assured 18 not out before stumps with Steve Smith also unbeaten on 66. James Anderson finished with the best figures of 2 for 52.
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