Australia begins the Adelaide Test as the underdog. It’s been a long time since that was the case. Allan Border is the last local captain to arrive at this increasingly attractive venue in charge of the weaker side, and his team came with a whisker of winning. For 17 years, the hosts have been regarded as superior. Not that victory has always followed. Adelaide brings out the best in visiting teams, and especially their batsmen. It is the least threatening of Australian grounds.
But Ricky Ponting‘s side is not without hope. As he surveyed his troops exhausted after their travails in Brisbane, the captain could have echoed a previous leader of more dubious reputation by exhorting “What though the field be lost? All is not lost!” Actually not even the match was lost. The Poms are in danger of premature celebration, and there is no ready cure for that. Despite losing the toss, Australia led by 221.
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