Ashes test day 1: Not a bed of roses…..

Teams(playing eleven):

Australia: 1 Simon Katich, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Marcus North, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Xavier Doherty, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Ryan Harris, 11 Doug Bollinger

England:1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

Toss:

Second ashes test began at adeliade, Australia. The pitch was supposed to be flat, so Ricky Ponting elected to bat first after winning the toss.

First over was bowled by Anderson and he provided England with  an ideal start. Australia were 2 down without even a single run was scored. Later in his second over he removed Clarke and put Australia in all sorts of bother.

Hussey and Watson tried to provide some stability by putting up a 93 runs stand but it was never going to be enough as Anderson again struck early in 2nd session removing Watson.

After that Hussey and Haddin played nicely but North disappointed everyone again. Hussey was the victim of nervous nineties, Swann removed him at 93.

Haddin fought hard but it was too little too late as Aussies were bowled out for 245.

English openers managed to survive last over. So, Strauss and Cook will resume their innings tomorrow.

As history suggests, Adelaide is a good batting track so England will surely try to capitalize on the opportunity created mainly by their bowlers. On the other hand, Australia will try to restrict England to as low total as possible.

 

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