Honours even on rain-affected day one in Sydney as Broad gets Warner again

England 's bowlers stood firm against Australia as honours were shared across a rain-interrupted day in Sydney.

But Stuart Broad got his man once more as David Warner fell to the 35-year-old opening bowler for the 13th time in Test cricket as Australia closed out the day 126-3.

Two further wickets in eight balls brightened up England’s day no end after seeing the Aussie top order reach 111-1, but then Nelson struck in England’s favour.

First James Anderson found just enough movement to tempt a thick edge from a flat-footed Marcus Harris that landed safely in Joe Root’s hands at slip.

And then the big one, as Mark Wood removed Marnus Labuschagne for just 28 to make it two from two innings, for the Durham speedster.

Labuschagne remains the best Test batsman in the world at present, but maybe, just maybe Wood has the wood over him with his extra pace.

The ball before the dismissal, Labuschagne stood tall on his tippy toes and laced Wood through the covers off the back foot with a shot of rare ability.

But the next was marginally fuller, pitched and straightened just enough to take the edge through to Jos Buttler to collect the catch.

Labuschagne really didn’t want to go anywhere, but thankfully England have managed to stop taking wickets with no-balls and he had to go.

Usman Khawaja entered the game for his first taste of this series to rapturous applause on his former home ground and the place where he made his debut against England 11 years ago.

Any hope that the occasion might play on his mind as he took 13 balls to get off the mark were soon scotched when he pulled Wood to the rope for four.

Together with Steve Smith the pair took Australia serenely to the close of a frustrating day for spectators, but one where the contest between the sides was tight.

On a batting friendly surface the Aussie batsmen made steady progress towards a decent first innings total, but were paused by both the weather that provided four stoppages and the three wickets taken by England.

The first of these was one that will have done wonders for Broad, as he managed to account for Warner in typical fashion.

Broad had been described as a ‘caged tiger’ by coach Graham Thorpe before this game got underway and he certainly delivered a big cat kill by having Warner drive loosely at one and edging to Zak Crawley at second slip.

Broad looked dangerous throughout the day and might have had more luck on another day, but he is in the contest and will have the chance to bare his teeth once again on day two.

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