The slow-going partnership between Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell is broken as Ryan Harris removes Bell, while KP continues to live dangerously after being dropped twice.
ENGLAND finally offered some resistance to the Aussie bowling attack in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, but Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson have restored normal order.
Johnson was the latest to strike, taking advantage of a brand new ball to move it slightly away from Ben Stokes, who edged to first slip to leave England at 5-202.
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Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell had built a decent partnership by playing some watchful and cautious cricket on a warm day in Melbourne. But after reaching a meagre 27 off 98 balls, Bell feathered an edge to Brad Haddin.
Pietersen was caught on just six runs on the way to a half-century, only for substitute fielder Nathan Coulter-Nile to lose his bearings and jump over the boundary rope, handing the Englishman a six instead of an early shower.
Australia let off Kevin Pietersen, who was caught on just six runs only for substitute fielder Nathan Coulter-Nile to lose his bearings and jump over the boundary rope, handing the Englishman a six instead of an early shower.
Australia had an injury scare when Shane Watson walked from the MCG mid-over with pain in his right groin prior to tea. However, he returned after being assessed by Cricket Australia medical staff seven overs after the break.
England No. 3 Joe Root, who had been targeted by Johnson with pace and bounce, was caught behind dabbing at a Ryan Harris outswinger in the 43rd over.
Watson snared the wicket of opener Michael Carberry with a super in-swinger, which hit the top of off stump, and left the field with figures of 1-11 off his 6.4 overs.
While the post-lunch action on the pitch might not have been thrilling, everyone at the MCG has secured their place in history, with a crowd of 91,092 breaking the world record for highest attendance for a single day of Test cricket.
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