Stuart Broad claimed five wickets as England began the Ashes in hugely impressive style, but Brad Haddin’s stubborn knock kept Australia in contention at 273-8.
England’s Stuart Broad completed his 11th five-wicket Test haul and broke Australia’s biggest partnership in an emphatic riposte to booing fans on the first day of the Ashes series Thursday.
Broad found Mitchell Johnson’s middle stump late in the day to end a vital century stand with Brad Haddin, but Haddin remained stubbornly in place.
Broad, vilified in Australia for not walking during the recent Ashes series in England, replied to the fierce criticism by removing all of Australia’s top four batsman earlier in the day.
The hosts were tottering on 132 for six before Johnson (64) and Haddin (78 not out) revived their fortunes with a partnership of 114, and England will hope to take advantage of a kind wicket when they go into bat.