Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Australia slumped to 273-8 on the opening day of the first Ashes cricket Test as England’s Stuart Broad took five wickets.
None of the top six batsmen reached 50 runs in Brisbane for the hosts after Australia elected to bat. Broad took 5-65 for England, which is trying to add to its three successive Ashes victories.
Ian Bell caught both opening batsman Chris Rogers and captain Michael Clarke on 1 off of the bowling of Broad, who took the wickets of the top four batsman. Brad Haddin is unbeaten on 78 alongside Ryan Harris on 4 at the end of the first day.
Mitchell Johnson was bowled by Broad on 64 after combining for 114 with Haddin to steady Australia. England’s James Anderson took 2-61, while Chris Tremlett took the other wicket.
England hasn’t claimed four straight Ashes victories since winning the opening eight series after the contest was founded in 1882. That sequence ended in 1890, when Queen Victoria was nearing the last decade of her 63-year reign over the British Empire.
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