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England drop two late wickets on first day of the Ashes

England looked set to finish the opening day of the first Ashes test in the ascendancy before losing two late wickets. The home side won the toss and opted to bat ending up with a total of 336 for seven in the first ever test match to be held in Cardiff.

The day's opening session closed with England in trouble at at 90 for three before Kevin Pietersen (69) and Paul Collingwood (64) kick started the host's innings with a 138-run partnership. Freddie Flintoff (37) and Matt Prior (56) notched up 86 from 95 balls before the pair fell in quick succession to Aussie fast bowler Peter Siddle.

Australia started well with Ben Hilfenhaus bagging the wicket of Alastair Cook (10) while Ravi Bopara's good start ended when he was caught by Phillip Hughes. England looked to be in trouble at 90 for three before Pietersen and Collingwood stepped in and steadied the ship to set up an interesting second day.

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