Ashes 2013 Scorecard: Video Highlights, Session Recap from Day 1 at the Oval
Australia won a crucial toss on a dry Oval wicket at the fifth Test, and proceeded to make it count with a solid first innings.
Shane Watson was the star, finally putting together an innings of substance and compiling a Test-best 176 before holing out late in the day.
England sprung a surprise with two debutants—but neither made a great impression with the ball on their first day.
Morning session (Australia 112-1)
England made the most of some unexpected swing for the opening bowlers when James Anderson dismissed David Warner for six.
The rest of the session was hard work, however, as Watson hit England to all parts. The two bowlers on debut were particularly expensive, with Chris Woakes costing a run a ball, and Simon Kerrigan dispatched for 28 in two overs.
Afternoon session (Australia 183-3)
Watson notched a first Test century in three years as England toiled in the afternoon.
Captain Alastair Cook stuck with his experienced trio of Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann for the majority of the session, and they rewarded him—Swann claimed the wicket of Rogers for 23, Broad roughed up Michael Clarke with a series of bouncers, and Anderson cleaned him up.
At the other end, though, Watson ploughed on.
He survived a vicious short ball which hit him on the ear, passed three figures, and then enjoyed a slice of luck when Cook dropped him in the slips on 104.
Evening session (Australia 307-4)
Watson and Steve Smith made England suffer on a flat pitch in the evening session.
The hosts were persistent but impotent, and when Watson was given out to Woakes on 166, only to successfully refer it to DRS and see the original call overturned, it looked clearly to be Australia's day.
But Broad did get his wicket just before the close, Kevin Pietersen taking a fine catch at deep square leg with Watson on 176, to give England a little encouragement after a tough day.
Here is the full scorecard, as given by the BBC:
Australia 1st Innings 307 for 4 (90.0 overs)
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