INTRODUCTION: Cricket.....and before a huge crowd on the first day of the centenary test match?
SV Captains tossing gold coin.
TV Bob Willis bowls, striking McCosker on face and ball bounces onto wicket. Players gather around injured McCosker who leaves field.
TV John Lever being hit for fierce four by Hookes.
TV Hookes caught Greig bowled Old.
TV Marsh drives Old twice for four. (2 shots)
SV Umpire signals four.
TV Chappell scores four off Old with leg drive to bring up hundred.
TV Gilmour caught Greig bowled Old.
TV O'Keefe caught Brearley bowled Underwood.
TV Walker bowled Underwood.
TV Woolmer caught Greg Chappell bowled Lillee.
LAKER: "So Willis again short and he's pulled it on.......
BENAUD: "It hit him in the face."
LAKER: "It hit him in the face and he's dragged it onto his wicket McCosker looks as though he's got a nasty cut there, it seems as though he's spitting out some blood and the England players are immediately calling somebody to come on and give him some treatment."
MAY: "And a great shot a beautiful shot, what a magnificent drive....It's going out towards the long boundary and I think they can run five it they want to but it's going slowly into the fence."
MAY: "Oh that's out......yes he's caught, caught by Greig at second slip."
MAY: "Down the ground, good shot, not easy runs."
MAY: "Again...tremendous player of that shot right into the sightscreen."
BENAUD: "Now that's a typical Chappell shot perfectly through mid-wicket and they'll come back for two and that's the hundred up for Australia."
LAKER: "That's a brilliant catch by Tony Greig, a really superb catch."
LAKER: "Is that out?....yes it's up goes the umpire's finger, Underwood's turn to triumph now, Kerry O'Keefe goes."
BENAUD: "Bowled, it's all over. Walker bowled by Underwood."
LAKER: "Is that it? Yes it's carried and he's gone and Lillee's snapped up the first wicket that of Bob Woolmer."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Cricket.....and before a huge crowd on the first day of the centenary test match in Melbourne, Australia, England, the underdogs, surprised everyone by bowling the Australians out for 138. Australia have won both the two last series between the sides. The last time England visited Australia two years ago they suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat, mainly due to the two Australian fast bowlers Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee. In this match to celebrate 100 years of test cricket between the two sides, an Australian win is confidently expected, but with England 29 for 1 at the end of the first day in reply to Australia's 138, there is no sign of that at the moment. England fast bowler Bob Willis, who broke Australian batsman Ric McCosker's jaw taking the first wicket; John Lever, Chris Old and Derek Underwood all bowled well for England. English captain Tony Greig won the toss.