Future leaders star on day one Ashes finale

The future leaders of Australian cricket have starred on day one of the Ashes finale, relishing the responsibility as Michael Clarke took potentially his final bow as a batsman.

Clarke’s men reached 3-287 at stumps on day one of the fifth Test after being sent in by Alastair Cook.

David Warner, who scored 85, becomes vice-captain at the conclusion of the dead rubber.



Steve Smith will resume on 78.

Clarke was out for 15 and unable to wind the clock back in his 115th and final Test.

The 34-year-old received a standing ovation at the start and end of his knock, while England formed a guard of honour when he walked onto the field.

His 42-minute knock ended with a ball on an awkward length from Ben Stokes.

Clarke reviewed his caught-behind dismissal.

The edge was so faint that HotSpot failed to pick it up but Snicko confirmed the retiring skipper was on his way.

Smith and Adam Voges then dug in to ensure there was no repeat of the side’s calamitous collapses in Cardiff, Birmingham and Nottingham.


Voges was 47no when bad light ended play in the middle of Steve Finn’s 21st over.

Finn has two more deliveries to bowl on Friday morning then the second new ball is due.