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England struggles to 36-1 at lunch

England struggles to 36-1 at lunch

Brett Lee removed Alastair Cook and Glenn McGrath troubled the England top order as the Australian quicks dominated the rain-shortened first session of the fourth Ashes test.
After winning the toss and electing to bat Tuesday, England struggled to 36 for one before a heavy shower forced players off 14 minutes before the scheduled lunch break.
Andrew Strauss batted through 15 overs and was unbeaten on 15. No. 3 Ian Bell played and missed outside off stump twice but survived to be seven at the interval.
The Australians have already reclaimed the Ashes with wins in the first three tests, but are aiming to become only the second team ever to sweep a five-match Ashes series in Australia.
The hosts are also farewelling two of the greatest bowlers in history.
Legspinner Shane Warne and paceman McGrath both announced before the Melbourne test that they will retire from test cricket after this series.
McGrath did everything but take a wicket in the first session, moving the ball away from the batsmen off a near perfect length and just missing the edge several times.
McGrath, Lee and Stuart Clark were all seaming the ball around in moist conditions under low, gray clouds on a field illuminated by floodlights.
It took 16 balls for England to get off the mark after a start delayed a half hour because of a light drizzle.
Despite the conditions, Cook was the only wicket to fall.
He was caught behind for 11 in the 11th over, not offering a shot to Lee and getting an edge off the toe of the bat with the total at 23.
McGrath returned 0-12 in seven overs, Lee had 1-22 and Stuart Clark bowled one over for two runs.
Warne, who is targeting an unprecedented 700th wicket in his last hometown test match, did not get to bowl before lunch.
England made one change to the team that lost the third test in Perth, with wicketkeeper Chris Read coming in for Geraint Jones.
More than 95,000 people were expected for the opening day of the 100th test match at the MCG.


Updated : 2020-12-01 02:25 GMT+08:00