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Johnson stars as Aussies win Ashes opener

Reuters, BRISBANE, Australia

England regrouped sufficiently to survive until the rain started falling again, but the storm passed reasonably quickly and the players were back out with an hour remaining.

Chris Tremlett blocked for 7 until a rising Ryan Harris ball came off the splint of his bat into the hands of George Bailey at short-leg.

That left Joe Root (26 not out) and James Anderson as England’s last two batsmen, and fittingly it was Johnson who dealt the coup de grace by dismissing his fellow quick caught and bowled to trigger the celebrations.

“To get a five-for in a Test match in an Ashes series is unbelievable feeling,” Johnson said. “All the boys just racing in and getting in a huddle was a great celebration for us. It was just a great moment, something I’ll never forget.”

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