Late blow for Hampshire star

Michael Carberry is dismissed for a duck in Sydney

Michael Carberry is dismissed for a duck in Sydney

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Michael Carberry was dismissed in the final throes of the first day of the final Ashes Test.

The Hampshire opener was caught at leg slip by Nathan Lyon off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson for a duck at the Sydney Cricket Ground this morning.

England eventually closed on eight for one after Australia had posted a first innings total of 326 as they hunt for a 5-0 whitewash in the series.

Alastair Cook had won the toss and asked the hosts to bat but a century from Steve Smith (115) and Brad Haddin’s 75 ensured they racked up a competitive score.

The pair shared a stand of 128 after Australia had slumped to 97 for five.

Ben Stokes returned figures of six for 99 to further underline his talents as an all-rounder.

Now England’s batsmen will once more come under the microscope after a string of high-profile failures in this series.

But Carberry, who some expected to lose his place in the fifth Test, will now have to wait until the second innings to make an impact at the SCG.

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