Adelaide Oval. Image via @BarmyArmy2010
Australia’s lurching bid to reclaim the Ashes has gone from bad to worse on a disastrous first day of the second Test in Adelaide.
The home side lost three wickets – including skipper Ricky Ponting first ball in the first 13 balls, briefly recovered in the middle order, than collapsed again late in the day to be 245 all out.
Forced to bat for a single Ryan Harris over, England was one without loss at stumps.
At 5-207 Australia appeared to be building towards a total well past 300, which would be way below par on this great wicket but a serviceable recovery after such a horrible start.
But when Xavier Doherty was run out for six the home side had lost 3-19 and was back in the doldrums at 8-226.
The misery ended at 245 all out when Brad Haddin (56) was caught at fine leg hooking Stuart Broad.
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Australia: SM Katich, SR Watson, RT Ponting (captain), MJ Clarke,MEK Hussey, MJ North, BJ Haddin (wkt) , DE Bollinger, XJ Doherty,PM Siddle, RJ Harris.
England: AJ Strauss (captain), AN Cook, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen,PD Collingwood, IR Bell, MJ Prior (wkt), SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson, ST Finn.
Image by State Library of South Australia via Flickr
When you are on the road as much as international cricketers are, playing a home Test is always great for two reasons.
Firstly you get to sleep in your own bed, a rare luxury for the modern day player, and secondly it is special to play in front of family and friends in your own town.
Adelaide is home for me, and while not a player, there are many of the same feelings being involved in the Test.
I played all my career for South Australia, and started here as a coach when I was assistant to Greg Chappell for three seasons.
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Ends: City End, Cathedral End
Home Team: South Australia
Head Groundsman: Damian Hough
Test History: 68 Tests; 34 home wins; 16 away wins; 18 draws
Last 10 Tests: 7 home wins, 1 away win, 2 draws
Last 10 Tosses: 10 batted first (2 wins, 2 draws, 6 defeats);
Set among gardens and trees and with the spire of St Peter’s Cathedral peeking over the grandstands, the Adelaide Oval has a strangely English feel for an Australian cricket ground.
The legendary Les Burdett may have retired, but nothing his successor Damian Hough has said in the build-up to the game suggests we should expect anything different from the Adelaide pitch.
One thing’s for sure; win the toss and get first use of the ‘Burdett Belter’, or, as it should now be known, the ‘Hough Highway’. The last 18 successful captains and 26 of the last 27 have followed that path.
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England arrived in South Australia yesterday to find that the dust had settled a little on the extraordinary but ultimately drawn Test at The Gabba. They had left Brisbane with the local newspaper displaying a large photograph of a stubbled Ricky Ponting, sun-burnished from two days in the field, above the large headline “Clueless”, while there were some triumphalist headlines back at home. All of which seems a little over the top, either way.
A day on and the realisation should be there that until the final two sessions England were playing catch-up cricket, still, on the fifth morning, in a position where they could still lose. So it is best not to get too carried away. Given the history of matches between the sides at The Gabba, a decent draw for England may well seem to be a victory of sorts while for Australia a draw, in circumstances other than inclement weather, would be below expectation.
Full story: The Guardian