Thursday 5 December 2013 

Australia Take Advantage Of England Errors

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke hits out late on the opening day in Adelaide
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Australia 273-5 (Rogers 72, Bailey 53) v England
Second Ashes Test, Adelaide, day one
Scorecard | Mr Predictor

Australia made the best of some lapses in the field from England to close day one of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on 273 for five.

Chris Rogers (73), George Bailey (53) and Shane Watson (51) all scored half-centuries but England will rue their missed chances, particularly as they had reduced Australia to 174 for four.

A late drop by Michael Carberry was the best of the chances put down by England and it allowed Brad Haddin to remain unbeaten on seven, alongside Michael Clarke, who has 48.

Some rain interrupted play in the morning session, but that wasn't enough to break the concentration of Rogers and Watson, who came together early after David Warner (29) was caught by Carberry at backward point off Stuart Broad.

They added 121 together for the second wicket and batted into the afternoon session, Rogers hitting 11 fours in 167 balls and Watson six fours and a six in 119 deliveries.

Watson fell when James Anderson clung on to a drive off his own bowling and five balls later Rogers, whose half-century was his first on home soil, cut Graeme Swann into the gloves of wicket-keeper Matthew Prior.

Steve Smith made just six before Monty Panesar, in the side to replace Chris Tremlett as Ben Stokes made his debut as Jonathan Trott's replacement, bowled him with a quicker ball. At that stage, Australia had lost three wickets for 19 runs and England were back in the contest just before tea.

However, Clarke and Bailey got Australia back on track by putting on 83 together for the fifth wicket, both men playing fluently until Bailey was brilliantly caught by Swann at square leg as he pulled Broad away. He had been missed by Panesar off his own bowling when on 10 after a firm drive went straighter than he would have liked.

On 18, Clarke flicked Swann through midwicket and a diving Joe Root was unable to cling on to, in fairness, what would have been an excellent catch.

Carberry's, however, when Haddin, chipped the ball straight to him off Panesar, was the easiest of the lot and the miss meant a good day for England should have been a little bit better.

Australia named an unchanged side following their 381-run win over England in the opening Test in Brisbane.

© Cricket World 2013

 
 
Fixtures & Results

21st-25th November: 1st Test, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 295 & 401-7d. beat ENG 136 & 179 by 381 runs
5th-9th December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 570-9d & 132-3d beat ENG 172 & 312 by 218 runs
13th-17th December: 3rd Test, WACA, Perth
AUS 385 & 369-8 d. beat ENG 251 & 353 by 150 runs
26th-30th December: 4th Test, MCG, Melbourne
AUS 204 & 231-2 beat ENG 255 & 179 by 8 wickets
3rd-7th January: 5th Test, SCG, Sydney
AUS 326 & 274 beat ENG 155 & 166 by 281 runs