David Warner’s friendship with Usman Khawaja stretches back decades, and a photo of them playing white cricket when the kids were kids went viral.
Welcome to our live coverage of the first day of the fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England in Hobart.
Set to be a historic match for cricket fans in Tasmania – this will be Hobart’s first Ashes Test match and first international pink ball game.
The Australians were unable to secure victory at the SCG last week, but although the bleaching dream is over, Pat Cummins and Co are hoping to secure the Ashes’ 4-0 victory at Blondstone Arena.
Meanwhile, England are still searching for their first Test win on Australian soil since January 2011 – Poms hasn’t tasted victory in 14 consecutive Tests down.
The first ball was scheduled for 3pm AEST, but light rain in the Tasmanian capital delayed the draw.
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2.40pm AEST – Delivered in 20 minutes
Cricket Australia has confirmed that the draw will take place at 3pm local time, about 20 minutes from now.
2.30pm EST – covers kick off
Curators at Blundstone Arena began pulling the covers off.
There is no official confirmation on the date of ejaculation.
For the first time, the England national football team handed over the debut cap
Wicketkeeper Sam Billings looks set to make his test debut at Blundstone Arena, as veteran tailor James Anderson presented the 30-year-old with his first hat before playing.
He became the 700th test cricketer in England.
Billings scored 3,327 first-class runs in 34.29, including six centuries and 15 fifties.
Bad news, cricket lovers
Light rain falls in Hobart and covers at Blundstone Arena.
The draw, which was due to take place at 2.30pm AEST, has been postponed.
The cool 28-year-old cricket has gone viral
Marcus Harris will not appear in the series finale, as Usman Khawaja prepares for the opening batting alongside childhood classmate David Warner.
Khawaja opened batting on seven Test-level occasions, scoring 484 points at 96.80, including two fifty.
The Queensland captain and Warner scored 1,348 tests in a wrinkle together, boasting a partnership average of 53.92.
Khawaja-Warner’s links stretch back to 28 years ago, with the duo playing alongside each other at the junior level.
On Thursday evening, Warner posted an adorable photo of him and Khawaja in cricket whites when they were children.
Warner captioned the photo: “The ’90s looked a lot easier.”
Warner’s wife Candice commented, “What a journey you’ve taken to get where you are now. Enjoy the moment and walk in there with these two little boys who used to hit balls on the wall at the Waverly Oval.”
Former Australian hitter Matthew Hayden responded: “Now that’s a priceless picture.”
Khawaja’s wife, Rachel, replied: “It’s very good.”
The post received more than 343,000 likes in 15 hours.
Matthew Mott, the former Australian Under-19 assistant coach, who was supervising the teenage duo, said: Daily Telegraph: “They both really call it how they see it. Davy will admit that he’s very reckless in his openness about how true he is. If Uzi was ever asked what he thought, he wouldn’t say what’s popular, he’d say what he thinks is true.
“They are both really good family men. After being in that bubble (Australian team), seeing them with their young families was great. They are good fathers, good husbands and they have a strong sense of family.”
Although Harris was left out of the starting line-up, Cummins is adamant that the Victorian Test career is far from over.
“The message to Harry is that we think he’s doing really well. It’s tough for him,” he told reporters at Blundstone Arena on Thursday.
“Uzi and Davy really got that spot to open the bat, but the truth is they are both 35 years old.
“While that doesn’t mean anything in the short term, there will be a day when we need to find some other opener.
“Marcus definitely still has a brilliant future with us. I am sure he will be around the team.
“There might be an Australian team traveling abroad in the off-season; there will be Shield cricket, county cricket, lots of opportunities.
“Maybe this is a case of someone asking for a place instead of Marcus losing a place because of shape.
“Often someone doesn’t come in and hit the two hundred in the same game.”
Hobart Green Stadium attracts attention
When the covers were removed on Friday afternoon, the Green Tailor greeted curators at Blindstone Arena.
Hobart’s rooftop replicated something cricketers would expect to see in New Zealand, with a thick cover of grass.
Tailors on both sides were lip licking, especially given the cage conditions in the Tasmanian capital.
“It looks quite green with a nice cover of grass, but it’s completely flat,” former Australian soccer player Shane Warren said on Fox Cricket.
“So I think both captains if they win the lottery will want to hit first, but I think they might want to lose him as well because there might be a little bit of that early on.”
Originally Posted as Live: Adorable 28-year snap of Aussie openers has gone viral