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NEW DELHI---The Indian government
backed the IOC yesterday in its bid to
clean up the country's Olympic
The IOA was suspended by the
International Olympic Committee last
December for not adhering to its own
national constitution during elections
and for electing Lalit Bhanot, jailed for
more than ten months last year on
charges of corruption relating to the
2010 Commonwealth Games, as its
"Apart from the age and tenure
restrictions imposed by the sports
code, the government of India also
supports the efforts of the IOC to
strengthen ethical standards in the
IOA, through a clause which stipulates
that persons standing for elections as
office bearers of the IOA are free from
criminal charges," Indian Sports
Minister Jitendra Singh said in a
LONDON---Shane Watson hit
his first century in 25 Tests to
help Australia move to 307-4 at
stumps yesterday on the first
day of the fifth and final Ashes
Test against England.
Under pressure following his
poor form all series with the
bat, Watson smashed 25 fours
and a six to reach 176, from
247 balls, at The Oval.
"It s definitely a relief to be
able to make a hundred,
there s no doubt about that,"
Watson said. "But it was
important to be able to bat
for a longer period of time
in an Ashes Test. I ve not
read one thing (of criti-
cism). I know the thing is
that if I m not performing
I d expect people to write
things that are not com-
plimentary, but I ve stayed
away from it.
"I m very critical of
myself anyway so I don t
read anything that would
Watson batted on
after taking a fierce
blow to the head from
a bouncer by Stuart
Broad, was dropped on
104 by Alastair Cook
in the slips and over-
turned an lbw deci-
sion to Chris Woakes
on 160, before he
finally fell to Broad.
Steve Smith was unbeaten
on 66 (nine fours, one six 133
balls) as England s bowlers
struggled, James Anderson finish-
ing with the best figures of 2-52.
"It was a long day for us,"
Anderson said. Australia won the
toss and chose to bat but had to
endure a hostile opening spell
from Anderson and Broad before
Watson hit debutants Woakes
and Simon Kerrigan out of the
Warner lasted only 18 minutes
before getting an outside edge to
Anderson for wicketkeeper Matt
Prior to accept the catch.
However, England s decision to
release fast bowlers Steven Finn
and Chris Tremlett from its
squad and go without experi-
enced backup for the opening
quicks backfired when Watson
gave the new boys a harsh
introduction to test cricket.
Watson hit both Woakes and
Kerrigan for six fours, but he
also smashed Graeme Swann for
a six over the sightscreen and
brought up his 50 from 61 deliv-
eries when he nudged a single
Australia reached 100 when
Watson hit Kerrigan for 18 in
the 25th over, forcing England
captain Alastair Cook to bring
back Broad in a bid to stem the
flow of boundaries.
Broad responded with a maid-
en over, but the century part-
nership was reached in the final
over before lunch when Rogers
flicked Broad for three runs
Rogers fell for 23 early in the
afternoon session when he edged
Swann to Jonathan Trott, who
took a low catch at first slip.
Watson was on 91 when he
was hit on the back of the head
by a Broad bouncer. The blow
struck the batsman just below
the helmet, but after a two-
minute delay he continued.
"I was pretty lucky really,"
Michael Clarke looked vulner-
able throughout his 39-ball
innings and was bowled off his
pads by Anderson in the 43rd
over. In the next over, Watson,
having slowed slightly since
lunch, reached his first century
in 48 attempts with a stroke for
three from Anderson.
England then squandered the
momentum when Cook dropped
Watson after he edged Anderson
to first slip.
In an evening session short on
drama, Watson reached his 150
when he flicked Broad to the fine
leg boundary and Smith drove
Swann for a single to pass 50.
Watson was given out lbw to
Woakes in the 82nd over but he
referred the call and the decision
was reversed---only the second
time Watson has overturned an
lbw call in nine attempts.
Watson s luck finally ran out
in the 88th over when he holed
out to Broad and fell to a bril-
liant tumbling catch by Kevin
Pietersen, although only after an
umpire referral for a no ball
confirmed Broad s foot was frac-
tionally behind the crease.
Australia sent in Peter Siddle
as nightwatchman and he added
an assured 18 not out before
Indian government backs IOC over ethics guidelines
Australia 1st Innings
C Rogers c Trott b Swann ..............................23
D Warner c Prior b Anderson .........................6
S Watson c Pietersen b Broad .................176
M Clarke b Anderson ............................................7
S Smith not out ....................................................66
P Siddle not out .....................................................18
Extras: (6lb, 5nb) ..................................................11
TOTAL: (for four wickets) ...................307
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-118, 3-144, 4-289.
Still to bat: Brad Haddin, James Faulkner,
Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.
Bowling: Anderson 18-3-52-2, Broad 19-3-
73-1 (4nb), Swann 30-4-71-1, Woakes 15-
5-52-0, Kerrigan 8-0-53-0 (1nb).
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Joe
Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian
Bell, Chris Woakes, Matt Prior, Stuart
Broad, Graeme Swann, Simon Kerrigan,
Umpires: Aleem Dar,(PAK), and Kumar
Third umpire: Tony Hill, (NZ).
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, (SL)
WATSON'S 176 PUTS AUSSIES IN COMMAND
Australia's Shane Watson plays a shot during
play on the first day of the fifth Ashes Test
at the Oval in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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