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Last Updated: Friday, 17 November 2006, 07:40 GMT
Strauss fails after bowlers shine
Tour match, Adelaide, day one of three (close): South Australia 247-7 dec v England 24-1

Shaun Tait takes a wicket
Tait celebrates getting rid off Strauss in his opening over
Opener Andrew Strauss was dismissed for a second-ball duck as England reached 24-1 in reply to South Australia's 247-7 declared on day one in Adelaide.

Strauss was lbw to fast bowler Shaun Tait, who is in Australia's squad for next week's opening Ashes Test.

But night-watchman Matthew Hoggard (10) and Alastair Cook (6) prevented any further damage before the close.

Hoggard earlier took 3-40 during the home side's innings, which saw skipper Darren Lehmann run out for 99.

The Yorkshireman's three wickets came in the space of 12 balls as he and James Anderson reduced South Australia to 25-4 after Lehmann had won the toss and opted to bat first.

Having announced they would field their Test line-up in the three-day game, England included Monty Panesar in preference to fellow spinner Ashley Giles.

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But their plans were frustrated when paceman Steve Harmison complained of tightness in his side and was replaced by Sajid Mahmood.

Anderson made the initial breakthrough when Matthew Elliott (10) edged an attempted pull to keeper Geraint Jones and Hoggard claimed his first victim by having Daniel Harris (10) taken at third slip.

Darren Lehmann
Lehmann came in when South Australia were on the back foot

He followed up by removing Mark Cosgrove and Callum Ferguson with successive deliveries in his next over - Cosgrove glancing down the leg-side to Jones and Ferguson leg-before offering no stroke.

But England then made a crucial fielding error as Strauss, fielding at first slip, dropped Cameron Borgas off Mahmood, who operated as first-change.

Borgas was on eight at the time and he made the most of his escape by supporting Lehmann solidly in a stand of 152 for the fifth wicket.

Former Test player Lehmann, now 36, went to his half century off 73 balls and celebrated with two successive square drives off England skipper Andrew Flintoff which both flew to the point boundary.

He survived a half-chance on 77 when Paul Collingwood just failed to reach a bat-pad chance off Panesar and a hundred appeared to be his for the taking when he was beaten by Anderson's throw from the deep.

Borgas's innings of 73 came to an end when he lost patience and skied an attempted slog-sweep off Panesar, Cook taking the catch at mid-wicket.

And Flintoff removed Shane Deitz for 24 to finish with figures of 1-34 from 12 overs before Lehmann made the declaration.

South Australia: C B Bailey, C J Borgas, M J Cosgrove, D J Cullen S A Deitz (Wkt), M T G Elliot, C J Ferguson, J N Gillespie J N Harris, D S Lehmann (Capt), S W Tait.

England: A J Strauss, A N Cook, I R Bell, P D Collingwood, K P Pietersen, A Flintoff (Capt), G O Jones (Wkt), S I Mahmood, M J Hoggard, J M Anderson, M S Panesar.

South Australia won toss and decided to bat

Umpires: A R Collins and S J Davis





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