Thursday, September 08, 2005



At the end of the first day of the much awaited fifth test at the Oval, the honours were shared between the two teams. England promised much, especially the stand between Strauss and Flintoff. The all-rounder from Lancashire looked good for a hundred, a potentially series deciding one but McGrath had the last say.

Strauss made another hundred, the seventh of his short test career of 19 matches. He does not possess the elegance or the grace of left-handers such as David Gower but he is effective. The substance makes up more than the style. He looked good to bat the rest of the day until one Warne came up with the solution.

Warne continues to amaze with his stupendous display in an otherwise mediocre display by the tourists. He bowled Pietersen who appeared clueless. Australia have managed to keep themselves in the match and the series by taking seven English wickets.

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