Smith rescues Oz before Stokes' six-fer

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England reached stumps on day one of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney on eight for one, trailing by 318 runs, after a six-fer from all-rounder Ben Stokes saw Australia all out after batting like an ODI side.

England reached stumps on day one of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney on eight for one, trailing by 318 runs, after a six-fer from all-rounder Ben Stokes saw Australia all out after batting like an ODI side.

Australia were all out for 326 half an hour before the close, after recovering from a dire position of 97 for five thanks to a century from Steve Smith and yet another nifty half ton from Brad Haddin, who made 75.

England won the toss at the SCG and elected to field in the final match of the series. They handed debuts to three players, namely leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, paceman Boyd Rankin and batsman Gary Ballance.

It was assumed Michael Carberry would be dropped for Ballance, but instead Joe Root made way, while Tim Bresnan was dropped for Rankin. Unfortunately for the former Ireland man, he bowled only 8.2 overs before pulling up with a hamstring injury.

The visitors began the day superbly, removing David Warner for 16 and Chris Rogers for 11, before Shane Watson's 43 steadied the ship somewhat. But Michael Clarke fell for 10 and George Bailey for one, leaving the hosts on 97 for five just after lunch.

This allowed Smith and Haddin to put on their 128-run stand over the next 27 overs, going at nearly five to the over and punishing the rather short bowling England sent down. Borthwick was particularly savaged, going at seven to the over.

Haddin was eventually out to Stokes, caught in the slips by Alastair Cook, and then Mitchell Johnson fell for 12, becoming Borthwick's first international wicket. He was caught in the deep by substitute Root.

The Durham leggie's day did not improve after that though, as Smith continued to bash him, hitting two sixes in an over to bring up his third ton against England.

Stokes brought the curtain down on the knock in the 76th over, taking the wickets of Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Smith to record his five-fer and end England's misery in the field.

This left Cook and Carberry to bat for six overs as the gloomy conditions increased, and Carberry was out for a duck. He fell into the leg slip trap, well caught by Nathan Lyon off Johnson.

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