Handscomb, Marsh steady Australia after Smith departure

England celebrate after Australia's Cameron Bancroft is run out during the first day in Adelaide
England celebrate after Australia's Cameron Bancroft is run out during the first day in Adelaide

Australia 209-4 (Khawaja 53) v England
Second Test, Adelaide, day one

A collective effort from Australia batsmen saw them post 209 for four at stumps on a rain-affected day one in the day-night Test against England in Adelaide.

It was a hard day for the England bowlers, who looked ineffective for the most part of the first half of the day as they failed to make use of the new ball.

James Anderson (1-45) and Stuart Broad (0-39) failed to find the right length and were mostly bowling shorter deliveries to the Australian openers Cameron Bancroft (10) and David Warner (47) after England opted to field first on winning the toss.

The first rain break came when Australia were positioned 24 for naught in 11.2 overs but with 15 minutes of delay, the play resumed, only for them to leave the field once again in a couple of overs. This time it washed out the remainder of the first session and Australia were placed 31 for naught.

The break in the play did not help the concentration of Australian openers as an indecision in running that came after a misfield from Moeen Ali (0-25) led to Warner sending Bancroft back with Chris Woakes (1-50) hitting the stumps direct at non striker end to get the first breakthrough.

The dismissal of Bancroft did have an effect on Warner, who looked touch nervous in leaving deliveries - something he did with ease in the first session. Nevertheless, Warner along with Usman Khawaja (53) managed to resurrect the innings and kept the England bowlers at bay with a 53 run stand for the second wicket.

Warner signalled his intention with back to back boundaries in the 30th over from debutant Craig Overton (1-47) and Khawaja repeated the same in the next over off Moeen to bring the 50-run partnership.

It was Woakes, once again provided England some respite as he induced a faint edge off Warner's willow that was taken by Jonny Bairstow. Australian skipper Steven Smith (40) was greeted with war of words from Broad as the intensity was on a rise.

In an eventful 40th over from Woakes, Khawaja stuck two boundaries but was dropped by Mark Stoneman at long leg. He remained with a score of 45 for 12 deliveries before managing to reach his half-century with a boundary off Moeen in the 46th over. Australia went into the dinner break with a score of 138 for two.

The final session started with a bit of a delay due to rain and in the very first over Anderson had Khawaja caught in the gully and soon Overton claimed the prized wicket of Smith after castling him. It was also his maiden wicket in Test cricket. Australia were placed at 161 for four at that stage.

However, Peter Handscomb (36 not out) and Shaun Marsh (20 not out) calmed the nerves in the Australian camp with an unbeaten 48 run stand for the fifth wicket as Australia reached 209 for four at stumps in the 81 overs possible on day one.

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