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The Ashes: Adelaide Test, Day 2 - As it happened...

Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai




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Day 2, Stumps

England 1st innings:

Over 21|| Score 35/1

Day two of the Adelaide Test belongs 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.

Carberry collected two boundaries off Lyon in the 11th over. Then in the 15th over he once again swept Lyon to score his fourth boundary of the innings. On the other end opener Root has not scored a boundary in 55 balls that he faced and added just nine runs to his account, whereas Carberry is unbeaten on 20 after the end of second day.


Over 10 || Score 13/1

Mitchell Johnson once again gave his team an early breakthrough in the form of England skipper Cook. Cook’s off stump went for a walk when he missed the line completely and also beaten by the sheer pace of the delivery. MA Carberry came in to bat after the fall of first wicket. After losing the skipper early on, Root and Carberry are playing cautiously.

AN Cook b Johnson 3 (11b)


Australian 1st innings

Over 158 || Score 570/9 Declared

After playing a sensible knock of 118, wicketkeeper batsmen Haddin gave his wicket to Broad. For the last wicket Lyon and Harris added 41 runs, before the Australian skipper declared their first innings on 570 runs. Harris also contributed well in the end by scoring a brisk knock of 55 runs in mere 54 balls, lacked with six boundaries and two huge sixes. Now Australia will look to take some early wickets to push the visiting team completely on back-foot.

BJ Haddin c Prior b Broad 118 (177b)


Over 146 || Score 508/8

After the fall of Clarke, Mitchell Johnson and P Siddle also got out cheaply after scoring five and two runs respectively. Meanwhile in the 141th over, Haddin completed his hundred in style by scoring a boundary off Stokes over mid-wicket. It’s his fourth Test hundred and first after a gap of three years. England team is paying a heavy price for dropping him early on.

PM Siddle c Prior b Stokes 2 (11m 9b)

MG Johnson c Broad b Swann 5 (12m 13b)


Over 136 || Score 457/7

Stoke finally gave the visiting team its first breakthrough of the day in the form of Clarke. And with that Stokes also grabbed his first Test victim. Clarke tried to play the ball towards square leg but only managed a leading edge and Anderson at mid-wicket took the catch. Aussie skipper got out after playing a fine knock of 148 runs. Mitchell Johnson is the next man in for the hosts. Haddin has also reached to 90 and must be eying another Test hundred.

MJ Clarke c Anderson b Stokes 148 (348m 245b)


Over 125 || Score 394/5

In 111th over Haddin completed his fifty by playing Swann on the on-side to collect three runs. Then after a gap of three overs skipper Clarke also completed his hundred-run mark by scoring two runs off Stokes. It’s his second consecutive century. What a knock by Clarke! Australian skipper is leading form the front. First half of the day was dominated by the Australians. Hadin and Clarke are still at the crease and playing on 58 and 113 respectively.


Over 106 || Score 339/5

Stuart Broad and Monty Panesar started the bowling proceedings for England on day two. In 95th over of the innings came the first boundary of day 2 for Australia, when skipper Clarke came down the track off Panesar and placed the ball towards mid-on. Then it was no looking back for both the batsmen and they accelerate the run flow by hitting six more boundaries in next five overs and in doing also crossed the mark of 300 runs. Cook then tried the other fast-spin combination of Graeme Swann and James Anderson but they also failed to provide any breakthrough early morning. So the first one hour of the day belongs to the home side, who not only managed to save their wickets but also added runs swiftly. Skipper Clarke needed just ten more runs to complete his yet another Test hundred whereas Haddin is playing on 31 after the end of 106 overs.


Adelaide: A leaping catch by Graeme Swann in the final minutes of play kept England in contention against Australia on the opening day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on Thursday. The Australians, one-up in the series, looked in control at 257 for four nearing stumps, before Swann held a flying catch two-handed at square leg to dismiss the dangerous George Bailey for 53.

Bailey had looked set for a substantial score batting with skipper Michael Clarke before he hooked paceman Stuart Broad to Swann, whose brilliant piece of outfielding swung the pendulum towards England on a first day of thrust and parry.

At the close, Australia, after winning the toss, were 273-5 with Clarke, who boasts a ground average of more than 100, on 48 and Brad Haddin on seven.

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