So, an encouraging day for England. There was enough in the wicket for the current holders of the Ashes to take wickets and establish a promising position against Australia earlier in the day. Stuart Broad troubled the Canary Yellow openers, James Anderson is in the wickets (and well on course for the five wicket bag I predicted), while Stephen Finn looked a handful at times.

It could have been better though. The partnership between Michael Hussey – who seemed to have a little too much to pull – and Brad Haddin – who didn’t do too much, puts Australia in front, but within reach. Hussey played Swann really well, the best of any batsman I can remember.

But England have a brand new ball and fresh bowlers in the morning. It’s going to be a big first session tomorrow.

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