Fifth Ashes Test: Australia 134-4 v England (stumps, day one) Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground Date: 3-7 January (resumes 2245 GMT on 3 Jan) Coverage: Live on Test Match Special on BBC 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW & online; TMS highlights online (UK only) and day's review on the
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Tim Bresnan removes Aussie skipper Michael Clarke
Tim Bresnan said England were delighted Australia captain Michael Clarke opted to bat first in the Sydney Test.
Australia made 134-4 on a rainy first day of the final Ashes contest, and Bresnan (2-47) said England's batsmen would encounter easier conditions.
"It's a good day for us - we were looking to have a bowl," he said.
"We can only see the pitch getting better from now. It needs a lot of sun to break up and looking at the forecast I don't think it's going to get it."
Australia must force a win at the SCG to prevent England, who have already done enough to retain the urn, from claiming the series outright.
Bresnan said England's bowlers had teamed up well to deny Australia scoring opportunities, with only 55 runs scored in the first two hours before lunch.
"You get your rewards for persistently knocking out lengths and that's what we did," he said.
"Shane Watson [who hit 45] played the new ball magnificently, he left the ball really well, but he came out after lunch playing a few more shots. It gave us more of a chance and eventually he nicked off.
"As I said at Melbourne [where England won by an innings], I play better under the pump, I think it brings the best out in me."
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