Debutant Usman Khawaja briefly lit up a gloomy first day of the fifth Ashes test on Monday but Australia's batting frailties and rain returned later in the day to leave the hosts wobbling on 134-4 at the close of play
Despite all hopes of regaining the Ashes from England having gone, Australia could still square the series with a morale boosting victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) this week.
Khawaja, the first Muslim to play for Australia, opened his first test innings with a stunning salvo but ended it for 37 runs with a looping top-edged sweep off Graeme Swann which Jonathan Trott gathered at square leg just as the rain returned.Text: Reuters
Image: Australia's batsman Usman Khawaja watches the ball flying high with England's Matt Prior, left, and Paul Collingwood, right, on the first day of play in their fifth Ashes cricket test match in Sydney Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Scorecard | Ashes