England Make Flying Start To Adelaide Test

England Make Flying Start To Adelaide Test
Anderson Stars As England Make Flying Start
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England Make Flying Start To Adelaide Test
England Make Flying Start To Adelaide Test
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Australia 245 (Hussey 93, Anderson 4-51) v
England 1-0
Second Ashes Test, Adelaide Oval, day one

Australia became the first side since 1997 to be bowled out on the opening day of a Test match in Adelaide as England made an inspired start to the second Ashes Test match.

After Australia won the toss and decided to bat first, they were reeling at nought for two and then two for three as England exploited favourable conditions before half-centuries from Shane Watson, Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin helped them recover to a degree but they were still bowled out for 245 with England closing the day on one without loss in their reply.

The innings got off to a terrible start when Simon Katich was run out by a Jonathan Trott direct hit before he had faced a ball and worse was to follow when Ricky Ponting (0) and Michael Clarke (2) edged James Anderson to Graeme Swann at second slip.

Watson, who made 51 in 94 balls, and Hussey, who scored 93 in 183 deliveries, then took Australia to 96 before Watson was caught by Kevin Pietersen as Anderson grabbed his third wicket soon after lunch with Watson driving and being caught in the gully.

Hussey dominated a fifth-wicket stand worth 60 with Marcus North (26) and joined forces effectively with Haddin, just as they had in Brisbane but this time England broke through before any records were broken when Swann had Hussey caught by Paul Collingwood.

England made short work of the tail, Swann trapping Ryan Harris in front without scoring, Xavier Doherty run out for three and Peter Siddle caught by Cook for Anderson's fourth wicket while Haddin was the last man to fall for 56 when he was caught by Steven Finn off Stuart Broad.

Anderson returned figures of four for 51 and Swann two for 70 as an unchanged England carried on as if the break between Tests at Brisbane had never happened.

Australia made two changes to their line-up, with Harris and Doug Bollinger coming in to replace Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Johnson.

The match in Brisbane was drawn.

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