With the Ashes officially won by England and with no chance of an Australia fight back, England clearly saw the fifth Test as a fitting time to give two debutants a chance to shine and maybe take a few wickets.
However this was far from the case, as the two young debutants, Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes, had a tough time getting anything from the newly prepared surface at the Oval.
Of the two debutants, it was Kerrigan who made the less impressive start to his international career. The slow left-arm spinner was very expensive for England, ultimately bowling eight overs and going for 53 runs and no wickets.
Kerrigan could not seem to get any spin off the very dry Oval wicket, as the rev meter was showing. He seemed to be getting very nervousat the prospect of playing in his debut Ashes test. The main problem was that he was trying to place the ball, rather than spin it, which we know he can do after an impressive season with Lancashire.
Often playing the ball too short with little spin, the youngsters balls were being dragged away for boundaries almost every other shot by Shane Watson, who was in imperious form.
Kerrigan’s poor performance proved to be very expensive on the first day, as England only managed to get four wickets. Jimmy Anderson had two and Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad got one each. Unfortunately, Kerrigan and Woakes couldn’t manage any.
Australia managed to hit 307 runs on the opening day, and that scoreline will be very difficult for England to catch, especially if Australia add more runs today.
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