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It is the first day of a four day warm-up match in Taunton for the Aussies ahead of the Ashes. At the close of play, the hosts Somerset reached a total of 320 in their first innings. Christopher Jones top-scored with 130.
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been outed by long-time rival Kevin Rudd, a man she herself overthrew to become Prime Minister in 2010. It proved something of a distraction for Aussies watching the Somerset - Australia cricket match in Taunton today (Wednesday 26 June).
On to sport, and in cricket, a near capacity crowd is expected at the County Ground in Taunton today. Somerset are taking on Australia in a four day warm-up match for the Ashes, which starts in less than two weeks.
The contest gets underway at 11am. Captain Marcus Trescothick has a full-strength side to choose from, including England star Nick Compton.