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Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad removes Liam Davis, the first of two wickets in as many balls in a superb opening over of his Australia tour

Stuart Broad was on a hat-trick in his first over of an Ashes tour - yet England ended day one against Western Australia regretting the early dismissal of one of their own openers.

The rattled hosts stumbled to nought for two before half-centuries from Wes Robinson and Adam Voges, who made 62 and 72 respectively, aided their recovery to 242 for eight declared.

That left England with an awkward six overs of batting in mildly deteriorating light, during which Alastair Cook was bowled via his midriff as the tourists closed on 10 for one.

WA captain Marcus North chose to bat first in this three-day match at the WACA - the first of three warm-up games for England ahead of the opening Ashes Test starting on November 25 - and it was he who accompanied Robinson in an important third-wicket stand of 42.

Voges helped opener Robinson add a further 87, and the tail had enough substance to defy England's best efforts and carry their team to an acceptable total on a predictably pacy pitch.

The tourists - and, more specifically, Broad, who boasted figures of 3-13 at lunch and finished with 3-47 - could hardly have started this high-profile campaign any better.

He struck with only his fourth first-class ball in Australia, finding enough bounce to have Liam Davis edging to second slip on the back foot. Graeme Swann made no mistake with a neat catch low to his left.

Number three Michael Swart went first ball when he could not get out of the way of a short delivery and looped a catch off the glove to Paul Collingwood, running in from third slip.

None other than North, noted for vulnerability early in his innings but currently being touted as a likely successor to Ricky Ponting as Australia Test captain, had to face the hat-trick ball in just the second over of the morning.

Steven Finn replaced James Anderson but struggled to find any consistency of length in his first spell.

Wes Robinson & James Anderson

James Anderson and England find Wes Robinson hard to shift. The opener made a dogged 62 after the hosts slipped to nought for two

He gave both left-handers some awkward moments when he got it right but over-pitched at times, driven straight back for four by Robinson in his first over and serving up successive full-tosses in his next.

Broad took a break with new-ball figures of 6-3-6-2; the miserly Anderson switched ends and was soon sure he had Robinson caught behind, but he was unable to convince umpire Ian Lock.

Even Swann, famed for his uncanny knack of taking instant wickets, failed to part North and Robinson as England received an early lesson about the patience and hard work sure to be required this winter.

But Broad was not done, and had North, in attempting to carve off the back foot, taken high by Swann at second slip.

Anderson and Swann might easily have won lbw decisions against Voges and Robinson respectively in early afternoon.

Instead, Robinson swept Swann for successive fours to the unguarded square-leg boundary and hoisted him over long-on for six on the way to a painstaking 128-ball half-century.

It was only when Andrew Strauss turned to Collingwood to fill in some overs that the latter's part-time medium-pace immediately brought Robinson's wicket, via a return catch.

After tea, Anderson, showing no sign of the cracked rib sustained on the end-of-summer bonding trip to Germany, was repaid for his discipline with the old ball when Luke Pomersbach edged a flat-footed drive behind.

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook is bowled via his midriff as England suffer an early hiccup in their reply to Western Australia's 242 for eight

Voges contributed to his own downfall moments later, taking off for an unwise single to cover and beaten to the non-striker's end by a direct hit from Collingwood.

It was an anti-climactic end to a stylish 129-ball stay containing 10 fours, yet just reward for England's perseverance.

Luke Ronchi stayed long enough to expose a rusty Finn, but followed a straight-driven four and hook for six off successive deliveries by cutting the next to Anderson at gully.

Swann nabbed a heartening late wicket when Ryan Duffield edged a cut behind, and a canny declaration came after just two overs with the second new ball - much to Cook's ultimate regret as he diverted an attempted pull off Steve Magoffin on to his stumps.

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