Australia vs England 4th Test Day 1: Australia’s pace attack leave England reeling

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Australia’s pace bowlers silenced the England fans on the opening day of the fourth Test

Australia’s pace bowlers ripped through England’s batting line-up to leave the tourists reeling on the first day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

However, England were kept alive by Kevin Pietersen, who scored an unbeaten 67.

Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bowl first.

He would have been pondering over whether he made the right decision as England’s opening pair of Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry put together a 49-run partnership before Cook was caught by Clarke at second slip off the bowling of Peter Siddle for 27.

Carberry managed to score 38 before being clean bowled by Shane Watson.

Joe Root only scored 24 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Ryan Harris.

Pietersen and Ian Bell stabilised the innings with a 67-run partnership before Bell was caught behind off the bowling of Harris for 27.

Ben Stokes failed to have an impact with the bat after his stellar maiden century in Perth as he was caught by Watson at first slip off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson for 14.

Jonny Bairstow, who was brought in as a replacement for the out of form Matt Prior, also failed with the bat as he only scored 10 runs before being cleaned up by Johnson.

Pietersen and Tim Bresnan amassed an unbeaten 10-run partnership before stumps was called.

Pietersen finished on 67 off 152 balls, which included four boundaries and a six, while Bresnan remained undefeated on one run.

During his innings, Pietersen surpassed Geoffrey Boycott to become England’s fourth-highest all-time run-scorer in Test cricket.

Harris and Johnson were the pick of the Australian bowlers with two wickets apiece, while Siddle and Watson snapped up one wicket each.

England ended the day on 226/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 23:30 GMT (previous day).

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