Brisbane - England's Stuart Broad hit back at booing fans with a devastating
five-wicket haul on Thursday but Brad Haddin's fighting knock kept
Australian hopes alive in a compelling start to the Ashes Tests.
Haddin and Mitchell Johnson came to the rescue after Broad, loud boos
ringing in his ears at Brisbane's Gabba ground, ripped through
Australia's top order on day one.
The pair combined in a
counter-punching 114-run stand for the seventh wicket before the
outstanding Broad bowled Johnson (64) with the second new ball for his
fifth wicket of the innings.
Just before stumps, Australia lost
another wicket when Peter Siddle was caught in the slips for seven off
James Anderson 14 balls.
At the close, Australia were 273 for
eight and well short of what skipper Michael Clarke would have expected
after winning the toss, with Haddin unbeaten on 78 and Ryan Harris not
It was Haddin's 13th Test half-century as runs came
easily in the last session. Johnson racked up his eighth Test 50 with a
booming boundary before Broad had the last word.
If not for Haddin
and Johnson's fightback, Australia would have been in a parlous state
after Broad had struck twice in the morning session and twice more after
lunch to have the home side teetering at 132 for six.
was vilified in the build-up for not walking at a key moment during the
recent Ashes Tests in England, revelled in his bad-boy role.
boos rang out when Broad, branded a "smug Pommy cheat" by a local
newspaper, stepped up to bowl but he quickly snared opener Chris Rogers
for one in his second over.
Broad also accounted for Shane Watson
(22) just before lunch, and he then took the prized scalp of Australian
skipper Clarke in the second over after the first break.
looked uncomfortable against a short-pitched delivery and popped a
gentle catch to Ian Bell at short leg for one, in what was a quick and
tame end for Australia's premier batsman.
Opener David Warner had
smashed Broad's first ball of the day for four but his determined
innings ended with a whimper as he became the tall quick's fourth victim
just short of his half-century.
Warner looked disgusted at
himself as he drove lazily at a short ball from Broad and spooned a
catch in the covers to Kevin Pietersen, celebrating his 100th cap, for
49 off 82 balls.
The innings continued to unravel for Australia
and debutant George Bailey edged Anderson to Alastair Cook for three,
leaving the home side 100 for five in the 36th over.
Bailey only lasted 15 balls and he could have been out earlier if a snick off Anderson had carried to Cook at first slip.
Smith looked effective with his unconventional shot-making, but
perished when he played away from his body and sparred Chris Tremlett to
Cook at slip for 31.
It was not the start Australia needed as
they bid to avoid losing four successive Ashes series for the first time
since 1890, and defend an unbeaten record at the Gabba stretching back
Broad had a fascinating duel with the pugnacious Warner,
who hooked his first ball to the boundary and then dabbed an audacious
upper-cut high over the slips for four.
But Broad then prised the
key wicket of Watson, who needlessly played outside his off-stump and
was snapped up by Graeme Swann in the slips.