Allen's magnificent seven hurts Australia
Paul Allen enjoyed a sensational day with the ball as England Deaf took a giant stride towards winning the Ashes Down Under.
The seam bowler finished with staggering figures of 7-30 as England bowled Australia out for 157 on day one of the the solitary Test. In reply the tourists reached 60 for three with captain Umesh Valjee unbeaten on 29.
On an overcast day at Geelong Grammar School, Valjee inserted the hosts on a wicket and in conditions more ‘English’ than you would normally expect .
That decision turned out to be the right one when Allen struck in the seventh over with the score on 11.
Jimmy Dixon, who took 1-15, made the next breakthrough by bowling Luke Trudgett for 19 to leave Australia 45 for two.
Seventeen-year-old George Greenway, making his England debut, then took a very good return catch as England continued to dominate the opening exchanges.
The returning Allen had the hosts reeling further by removing Justin Bergin with the first ball of a new spell as Australia limped to 64 for four at lunch.
It was not long before Allen was back in the action, taking two wickets in consecutive overs including that of dangerman Kym Daley, who was caught at short fine-leg to leave Australia 66 for six.
Stephen George claimed the next scalp with Andy Wood taking the catch.
A hard-fought stand of 70 then followed between Paul Welch and Bradley Trudgett, who made 63 not out and 26 respectively, in what could prove to be a decisive partnership.
This was finally broken, inevitably, by Allen when he got a ball to stop on Trudgett and was comfortably caught by Greenway.
Allen took the last two wickets to fall to finish with the incredible figures of 19.2-8-30-7.
England found batting just as difficult, as openers Valjee and Chris Schofield, another debutant, struggled against the new ball.
Their defiant 28-run stand, which lasted 17 overs, came to an end when Schofield was bowled for nine by Tim Regan.
He struck a second time in the over when Chris Hughes was dismissed after offering up a simple catch to mid-off.
Matt Everett joined Valjee and he too found the conditions difficult. He batted for 44 minutes before he fell to a decent catch by Adam Vero to leave the scoreboard reading 45 for three.
Valjee was joined by the experienced Stefan Pichowski, who together saw the team through to stumps.