The Ashes: 2nd Test, Day 3, Adelaide - As it happened...
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Day three of the Adelaide Test was dominated by the Aussies. If on day two, Australian batsmen gave the hosts the upper hand in the match, then on third day it was certainly their bowlers who pushed the visitors further on the back foot. Mitchell Johnson was the highlight of today’s play, who displayed a wonderful spell of fast bowling by scalping six wickets. Now Australia has a crucial lead of 530 runs in the second Test of return Ashes.
Australia 2nd Innings
Over 39 || Score 132/3
Warner and Smith added 67 runs for the fourth wicket and made sure that the hosts won’t lose any further wicket on day 3. By the close of the day, David Warner has scored 83 runs, whereas Smith is on 23. Australia in their second innings have scored 132 runs for the loss of three wickets, which means a massive lead of 530.
Over 26 || Score 86/3
In last ten overs Australia lost their skipper Clarke, who made a big hundred in the first innings of the match. Spinner Panesar gave his team third the breakthrough, when his quicker one with a hint of turn hit the off stump of Clarke. In the second innings Clarke only managed to score 22 runs after facing 51 balls. Steve Smith joins Warner in the middle after the fall of Clarke’s wicket. In the 26th over Warner slapped two fours of Panesar to complete his fifty.
MJ Clarke b Panesar 22 (51b)
Over 15 || Score 43/2
After losing two wickets early on, Clarke and Warner are playing sensible cricket. They have added 39 runs for the third wicket. Warner is on 29, whereas skipper Clarke is playing on 12. Australia have certainly an upper hand in the match and if England have to turn the tables around they have to give their best shot.
Over 5 || Score 17/2
Interestingly, Australia have decided to set a target for England as their openers –Chris Rogers and David Warner have walked in to bat. Rogers Out. James Anderson finally gave a reason for visitors to cheer for, as he provided his team an early breakthrough in the form of Chris Rogers. A perfectly pitched delivery from Anderson kissed the bat of Rogers and went inside the gloves of wicketkeeper Prior. Double blow for Australia. After a gap of one delivery Anderson sent the new man Watson back to the pavilion for a duck. England is right back into the match. At the moment Warner and Clarke are at the crease for Australia.
SR Watson c Carberry b Anderson 0 (2b)
CJL Rogers c Prior b Anderson 2 (10b)
Over 68.2 || Score 172
Bell who was watching English batsmen coming and going from one end, scored runs briskly with the help of a few boundaries and sixes for the last wicket stand with Panesar to complete his fifty. But when Clarke gave the ball to Johnson to break the 37-run partnership between these two, he did not waste much time to hit the stumps of Panesar to end the first innings of England on 172. Australia have got a crucial lead of 398 runs in the second Test. Now, it would be interesting to see whether Clarke will call the visiting side to bat once again or would like to add few more runs to set a target for England.
MS Panesar b Johnson 2 (35b)
Over 58 || Score 140/9
Johnson is unstoppable at the moment. He has almost rattled England’s first innings. After taking three wickets in an over, Johnson strikes again for Australia. This time Swann tried a flashy drive of Johnson but only managed a thick outside edge and Clarke took a stunning catch at slips. Double blow for England. On the next ball, Johnson sent the middle stump of Andersen for a walk. What a fine spell of fast bowling by this ageing cricketer. He just made a superb come back in Tests as well.
JM Anderson b Johnson 0 (1m 1b)
GP Swann c Clarke b Johnson 7 (12m 7b)
Over 51 || Score 117/7
Carberry OUT. What a catch by Warner at forward square leg. Carberry tried to pull Watson’s short one and even middle it too, but unlucky Carberry had to go back to the pavilion. He got out after scoring an impressive knock of 60 runs. Stokes came in to bat after the fall of England’s fourth wicket. Johnson strikes again. In the 51st over, Johnson’s full length delivery hit Strokes pad but field umpire dismissed the huge appeal, which forced the Australian skipper to went for a review which proved the field umpire wrong. Stokes out after scoring just one run. Johnson is on a roll here. Two consecutive wickets for Johnson in the last two balls of the same over. England is in deep trouble. First Prior nicked it to the wicketkeeper and then Johnson clean bowled Broad for a first ball duck. What a display of fast bowling by Johnson. Australia is right at the top in the second Test.
SCJ Broad b Johnson 0 (1m 1b)
MJ Prior c Haddin b Johnson 0 (2m 4b)
BA Stokes lbw b Johnson 1 (17m 12b)
MA Carberry c Warner b Watson 60 (202m 144b)
Over 40 || Score 107/3
On day three, at Adelaide Oval, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson started the bowling proceedings for Australia as England’s overnight batsmen M Carberry and J Root came in to bat. After playing first two overs of the day without scoring a run, finally, an inside edge from Root off Harris in the next gave England its first run of the day. After five overs Lyon was introduced into the attack. In the 29th over first Root and then Carberry collected a boundary each off Johnson. But in the very next over Lyon gave the visiting team a blow in the form of Root. Root tried to sweep Lyon but got the top edge of the bat and Rogers took a simple catch at deep square leg. K Pietersen came in to bat after the fall of second wicket. But after a gap of four overs Siddle gave his team second breakthrough of the day in the form of KP. KP came slightly forward and played it through mid-wicket but Bailey positioned at short-mid wicket for this particular shot held on well to send him back towards the pavilion. Bell is the next man in for England. England is in deep trouble after losing two quick wickets in the first fifteen overs of the day. In the 36th over Bell launched Lyon for a six over long off. Bell and Carberry have suddenly started scoring runs briskly. In the 38th over, Carberry played Lyon towards deep point for a single to complete his first Test fifty.
KP Pietersen c Bailey b Siddle 4 (18m 12b)
JE Root c Rogers b Lyon 15 (113m 80b)
Day two of the Adelaide Test belonged to Australia, as they not only put up a mammoth total of 570 in the first innings but also got the crucial wicket of English skipper Cook early on. Highlights of the day were certainly the two tons scored by the Australian skipper Clarke and wicketkeeper batsman Haddin. Their solid knocks pushed the visiting side completely on the back-foot. Stuart Broad was the most successful English bowlers as he managed to pick three wickets and leaked 98 runs.