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The Ashes: The openers

England openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook with Australia's Phillip Hughes

After losing Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden in quick succession, Australia have quickly established another formidable left-hand opening partnership.

Like Langer, Simon Katich has converted himself into a dependable opener, while Phillip Hughes scored an incredible 415 runs in three Tests against South Africa, becoming the youngest ever player to score two centuries in a Test match.

Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss are currently Test cricket's most experienced openers, walking out together in 40 matches.

The left-handed duo have an excellent understanding when running between the wickets and have an impressive first-wicket partnership average of 45.37.



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