PERTH - Henry Thornton's remarkable spell on the opening day in Perth gave Australia an immediate advantage in the first youth Test.

Thornton, the 18-year-old from Sydney, took 4 for 17 in 13.1 overs, dismantling England's top order and leaving the tourists with work to do to get back into the match. At one stage England were reduced to 11 for 4, with Thornton rampant after three wickets in an opening spell. Ryan Davies, the Kent wicketkeeper, counterattacked with 11 fours and a six in making 61 in 79 balls that at least saved the tourists from complete ignominy. But he fell to the offspin of Riley Ayre. Some lower-order runs limped England up to 172.

In reply, England struck in the first over with Saqib Mahmood removing Jake Carder after just three balls but Australia got through the opening spell to make steady progress, marshalled by the other opener, Sam Heazlett, who closed unbeaten on 68, one fewer than Australia's deficit.

BRIEF SCORES:

AUSTRALIA U-19S: 103-3 (Heazlett 68*)

ENGLAND U-19S: 172 (Davies 61, Thornton 4-17).