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Warne makes vital breakthrough in final Ashes Test


England's Andrew Strauss bats against Australia on the first day of the final Ashes Test match at The Oval cricket ground in London yesterday.


Legspinner Shane Warne made a vital breakthrough for Australia yesterday, claiming three wickets when England had looked like getting off to another strong start in the fifth and deciding Ashes Test at The Oval.

At lunch on the opening day, England was 115 for three with Andrew Strauss not out 42 and Kevin Pietersen on 10.

Warne claimed 3-11 in 22 balls to slow a scoring rate that looked sure to take England to a first-innings total of more than 400 for the fourth straight Test.

England won an important toss on a good batting wicket. The home side leads the series 2-1 and needs only a draw to win the Ashes that Australia has held since 1989.

The tourists must win the match to retain the urn.

England openers Marcus Trescothick and Strauss raced to 82 runs off 108 balls before Warne, brought into the attack in the 14th over, had Trescothick caught in the slips by Matthew Hayden for 43.

Warne then had captain Michael Vaughan caught by Michael Clarke for 11, reaching to his right at midwicket, and trapped Ian Bell leg-before-wicket for no score.

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