England vs Australia 5th Ashes Test Day 1: Buttler fights, but Marsh makes it Australia’s day

Mitchell Marsh four wickets England Australia 5th Ashes Test Day 1 The Oval cricket

Mitchell Marsh ended the day with figures of 4-35 off 16.1 overs

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England batsman Jos Buttler fought hard by scoring an unbeaten 64, but Mitchell Marsh gave Australia the upper hand on the opening day at The Oval with his four-wicket haul.

Choosing to bowl first, Australia got their first breakthrough in the ninth over as England opener Joe Denly was caught by Steve Smith at second slip off the bowling of Pat Cummins for 14.

Rory Burns and captain Joe Root made up for the loss of Denly with a 76-run partnership before Burns was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood for 47.

Ben Stokes mustered 20 runs before he was sent packing by Marsh, while Root was clean bowled by Cummins for 57, which came off 141 balls and included three boundaries.

Marsh proceeded to take out Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes in quick succession, while Jofra Archer was caught behind off the bowling of Hazlewood for nine runs.

Buttler and Jack Leach managed to forge an unbeaten 45-run partnership, during which Buttler surpassed his fifty, before stumps was called.

Buttler finished on 64, which came off 84 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes, while Leach remained undefeated on 10, which came off 31 deliveries and included a boundary.

Marsh was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Hazlewood and Cummins claimed two wickets each.

England ended day one on 271/8 and will continue batting on Friday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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