Edgbaston: Australia made a confident start to the third Ashes Test as opener Shane Watson's fifty helped the tourists to score 126 for one on a rain-disrupted first day on Thursday.
Watson, recovered from a knee injury, was 62 not out at stumps with his captain Ricky Ponting on 17 following an erratic bowling display from England. Simon Katich was out for 46 from 48 balls in an opening stand of 85. There were 22 fours in the session.
The Test started six hours late because of rain but ended at 7 p.m. local time with conditions still playable under blue skies. Only 30 of the scheduled 90 overs in the day were played.
James Anderson was unfortunate not to have Katich lbw when he was on five after the ball struck his pad on the line of off-stump. The left-hander and Watson went on to punish some wayward bowling.
Andrew Flintoff's fourth over and the eighth of the innings cost 10 runs as both openers each struck a boundary. It summed up Australia's dominance in the first hour when 11 fours were struck.