Perth:Australia's problems continued on the opening day at the WACA as they struggled to 268 against more impressive bowling from England, but even that represented a fightback after another top-order meltdown. Chris Tremlett was the stand-out performer on his recall with three wickets, while James Anderson shook off concerns over jet-lag with three for himself. During the morning the hosts were in tatters at 4 for 36 but managed to haul themselves to respectability as Mitchell Johnson top-scored with 62.
Mike Hussey's prolific form continued with 61, as did his strong partnership with Brad Haddin who made 53, but it's a sign of the problems Australia are facing that they need to cling to half-centuries as moments of success. The lower order rallied with some style however, but that can't gloss over more worrying failures from the top of the list as the country's leading batsmen struggled to adapt to home conditions.