England's two Test debutants were put to the sword by a buccaneering Shane Watson on the first morning of the final Ashes Test at the Kia Oval.
Having already sealed the series heading into the match, England decided to hand Test bows to Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan but neither had memorable starts to their five-day careers as the tourists reached lunch on 112 for one.
Woakes entered the fray in the 13th over with Watson already looking to score the bulk of his runs in boundaries and the 32-year-old continued to oblige as he played the Warwickshire all-rounder with ease.
If Woakes' first five-over spell of 30 runs for no wickets was a less-than perfect start then Kerrigan's Ashes introduction was even worse.
Watson took a single off his first delivery to bring up his 50 from 61 balls, the highlight of which was a six down the ground off Graeme Swann, and then proceeded to knock Kerrigan around the ground.
By the time the Lancashire spinner had finished a two-over spell he had already leaked 28 runs as Watson pushed the score forward, reaching 80 at better than a run a ball at lunch having hit six fours from both debutants.
Swann and Stuart Broad returned to the attack in the final 30 minutes before lunch and slowed down the run-rate without ever coming close to removing either batsman.
The decision to play Woakes and Kerrigan came as a surprise even with the series sewn up 3-0.
It left just five specialist batsmen and meant the side included a second frontline spinner on home turf for the first time since the opening Ashes Test of 2009.
That meant disappointment for Chris Tremlett, who had been expected to make a first appearance in 18 months on his home ground, and fellow paceman Steven Finn.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat and Watson was forced to lead a recovery following the early loss of David Warner inside the opening five overs.
The pre-match talk had been of a lively Oval pitch, but there was little to suggest undue bounce in the opening stages.
That did not prevent Broad from testing Chris Rogers early on, beating the opener with his fifth and sixth balls of the day.
The first of those took the edge but fell just short of slip and the follow-up moved off the seam and resulted in a loud but unsuccessful lbw appeal.
Warner then fell to Anderson, having already played one streaky shot off Broad, following one that went across him and offered a regulation edge to Matt Prior behind the wicket.
That brought Anderson level with Bob Willis on 325 Test wickets and signalled the arrival of Watson at number three - another new position for the nomadic all-rounder.
Anderson almost had him for eight when he played around his front pad but umpire Aleem Dar decided the ball was drifting down leg side and England wisely opted not to review that verdict.
Watson kicked on from there and played a number of sumptuous shots, ably assisted by Rogers who kept the score ticking over at his end with the 100-partnership arriving slightly before lunch.