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Ashes 4th Test: England 226-6 at stumps on day 1
Melbourne, December 26, 2013
First Published: 07:37 IST(26/12/2013)
Last Updated: 12:56 IST(26/12/2013)

Mitchell Johnson made the most of the second new ball, taking two late wickets in front of a world record crowd Thursday to leave England on a precarious 226-6 at stumps on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia.

Kevin Pietersen had two big reprieves to bring up a half century and anchor a dour England batting performance before Johnson (2-59 ) struck shortly before the close of play to remove Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.

Ryan Harris (2-32) claimed the important wicket of Ian Bell earlier in the third session.

A crowd of 91,092 - a record for a single day of test cricket - attended the opening day, surpassing the 90,800 set at the MCG in 1961.
Pietersen resumes Friday on 67 from 152 balls with Tim Bresnan on 1.

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