Cricket -- and in Australia England's batting broke up in the fourth test match on Saturday, (6 January), allowing the home side to take control after only one day's play.
SV & GV Geoff Boycott of England batting and is caught by Australian midfielder (4 shots)
SV & GV Randall batting and is caught by Graeme Wood (4 shots)
SV & GV Mike Brearley bowled (3 shots)
SV & GV Gooch bowling to Higgs who is caught on boundary (2 shots)
GV Botham hits four runs (2 shots)
SV & GV England batsman caught by Alan Gorder in gully (3 shots)
GV Botham striking out and hitting four (3 shots)
SV & GV Botham hits a four (2 shots)
SV & GV Botham batting and caught behind wicket (4 shots)
GV Last England wicket falls bowled middle stump (2 shots)
BLAKEY: "Boycott is still preoccupied with his problems with Yorkshire (NATURAL SOUND BREAK) Randall shaped up to open his innings with a four. (NATURAL SOUND BREAK) it was left to Brearley to stop the early collapse. (NATURAL SOUND BREAK) Gooch decided the best policy was to attack the slow bowling of Higgs. (NATURAL SOUND BREAK). Top scorer for England was Ian Botham. (NATURAL SOUND BREAK) Botham's problem was he couldn't find anyone to stay with him. (NATURAL SOUND BREAK) Rapidly running out of partners, Botham chose to go onto the attack. (NATURAL SOUND BREAK) With Botham gone the end wasn't far off. (NATURAL SOUND END)
Following England to bat Australians Kim Hughes and opener Rick Darling showed up the touring side even more when they took Australia to 56 runs for one wicket by the close of play.
COMMENTATOR: MICHAEL BLAKEY
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Background: Cricket -- and in Australia England's batting broke up in the fourth test match on Saturday, (6 January), allowing the home side to take control after only one day's play. England's destroyer was pace bowler Alan Hurst, who finished the day with five wickets for twenty-eight runs from ten-point-six overs. he rose eagerly to the challenge of spearheading the Australian attack after their top fast bowler, Rodney Hogg, fell victim to heat exhaustion. The touring side were all out for one hundred-and-fifty-two runs, after captain Mike Brearley wont he toss and had no hesitation in batting. England's only batsman to come out of the debacle with any pride was Ian Botham, who scored fifty-nine. With a commentary on England's performance, here's the BBC's Michael Blakey.