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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 January 2007, 00:36 GMT
Fifth Ashes Test day one photos

Umbrellas on the first morning at the SCG

Umbrellas are de rigueur on the first morning at the SCG and it is clear a delay is inevitable in the final Test

Groundstaff battle against the elements at the SCG

Groundstaff battle against the elements as the weather delays the start by an hour and a quarter in Sydney

The captains toss up

England captain Andrew Flintoff looks pensive at the toss but he calls correctly and elects to bat first

Warne, McGrath and Langer are all playing their final Test

Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer are all playing their final Test: It could be emotional

Brett Lee

Brett Lee ends a 45-run partnership between Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook to take Australia's first wicket

Ian Bell hooks McGrath for four

With England rocking on 58-2, Ian Bell hits a half-century to put the pressure back on the Aussies

England fans in Sydney

Bell's fluent 71 gives the English contingent renewed hope of ending the series on a high note

Glenn McGrath dismisses Ian Bell for 71

A 108-run stand between Bell and Kevin Pietersen puts England in a good position, before McGrath strikes back

Shane Warne

Warne bowls 19 wicketless overs despite not being at his best - and his threat will increase during the course of the match

Andrew Flintoff

Flintoff is on 42 not out after two off-side boundaries off Lee followed by a six over wide mid-on off Clark

Andrew Flintoff and Paul Colingwood

Flintoff and Paul Collingwood extend their partnership to 68 at stumps

The umpires consult Ricky Ponting

Umpires Billy Bowden (left) and Aleem Dar halt play because of bad light with England on 234-4



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