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Hoggard shines with the ball at the Adelaide Oval

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England had a bad start to their second warm-up game before the opening Ashes Test with bowling spearhead Steve Harmison ruled out of the three-day match due to a side strain. But Matthew Hoggard changed the fortunes for the tourists as he rose to the occasion with a three-wicket haul to have South Australia in a miserable position at 25 for 4. Gritty knocks from Cameron Borgas (73) and Skipper Darren Lehman (99) rescued the homeside from being bundled out.

Darren Lehman made a sportive declaration at 247 for 7 to leave England few overs to bat before the close of play. Matthew Hoggard ended up with 3 for 40 in 13 overs. The other wicket takers were James Anderson, Andrew Flintoff and Monty Panesar who all took a wicket apiece. Shaun Tait, the fast bowler who was included for the Brisbane Test came up with the wicket of Andrew Strauss who was out for a second ball-duck. Matthew Hoggard had a role to perform once again, this time it was with the bat as the nightwatchman which he did well to stay not out with Alastair Cook. England at stumps on the first day were 24 for 1.

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