Shane Watson emphasised Darren Lehmann’s endorsement to open in the Investec Ashes by clattering a muscular 90 against Somerset and captain Michael Clarke found touch in his first innings of any kind for three months before rain brought on an early tea at Taunton.
Phillip Hughes and Brad Haddin also eased their way towards useful tallies by tea, the vice-captain lofting George Dockrell down the ground with typical flourish, with the ball bouncing off the scorers’ window in the press box. However, a pair of low scores for Ed Cowan and Usman Khawaja did not enhance either left-hander’s chances of winning a place in the XI for the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. As their colleagues were to prove, these were ideal conditions for batting. Read more
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