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Australia post 287-3 on Opening Day of Final Ashes Test

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They may have lost the Ashes, but there was certainly no shortage of fight left in the Australians as they dominated the opening day of the fifth and final Test match of the series at The Oval on Thursday, posting a competitive 287-3 after losing the toss and having been put in to bat.

Aussie openers David Warner and Chris Rogers struggled against the moving ball for the first hour, barely scoring a handful of runs, but they did what was needed to survive a tricky period on what became a very good pitch for run getting as the day wore on.

Warner top scored for Australia, making 85 before edging a Moeen Ali delivery to first slip, and shared in an opening stand worth 110 with Chris Rogers, who chipped in with 43.

Captain-in-waiting Steve Smith came in at no.3 and made an unbeaten 78. He shared a 51-run stand with Warner for the second wicket and added an another 101 runs with Adam Voges for the fourth wicket. Voges ended the day with 47 to his name.

Skipper Michael Clarke, who is retiring from international cricket after this test match, was given out caught behind off Ben Stokes for 16. Clarke wasn't happy with the decision and appealed it. There was no edge visible on hot spot, but a slight noise on the snickometer went against the batsman and the original decision from Umpire Dharamasena was upheld.

Australia will look to push on tomorrow and try and give Clarke a memorable win in his final test match.

Mini Scorecard:

Australia 1st Innings 287-3 (79.4 overs, 3.60rpo)

D Warner 85 (131) M Wood 1-41 (18)

S Smith 78* (132) M Ali 1-49 (10)