England’s bowlers took two Australian wickets without the scoreboard registering a single run for the hosts, in the opening over of the second Ashes 2010/2011 test match at Adelaide.
At stumps, England had removed Australia for 245 runs on a pitch that had looked to be a 400+ wicket, and added a single run without loss in the only over they faced before the teams came back in.
It could have been much worse for Australia, who must be thankful that Brisbane heroes Mike Hussey (93) and Brad Haddin (56) showed continued resilience with the bat.
Opener Shane Watson (51) was another who performed well on a day when visiting bowler, James Anderson, enjoyed the brightest of mornings before recording figures of 4 for 51.
Anderson gave the tourists the perfect start, with two wickets falling in his opening over. The first, however, was something of a freak in test match cricket – a run-out. Simon Katich, yet to face a ball, was called through for a difficult single by Watson. Jonathon Trott collected one-handed and smashed the stumps, with just one to aim at, for a clear run-out.
But worse was to follow, as captain Ponting edged Anderson to Graeme Swann at second slip mere moments later, falling for a golden duck, much to the delight of the ‘Barmy Army’ in the ground.
Despite having won a good toss, Australia were 0-2 after just a handful of deliveries.
When the wicket of Michael Clarke (2) tumbled with just 2 runs on the board, a full-scale disaster appeared imminent, until Hussey and Watson steadied the ship.
Clarke fell to the same combination of bowled Anderson, caught Swann, and Swann repaid the England selector’s faith by winkling out Hussey (93) in the 90s, as “Mr Cricket” was caught by Paul Collingwood.
Swann ended the day on 2 for 70 as he also took out Australian number eight batsman, Harris (0), for the hosts’ third duck – the second of the golden variety – with a first ball LBW.
Anderson had delivered the ball which accounted for each of the top four home batsmen, however, as Pietersen bagged opener Shane Watson (51) from his bowling.
Australia will be most disappointed that their innings featured two run-outs: tailender Doherty (6) fell to good Strauss fielding, as their lower order barely put up any resistance against England’s attack.
Finn bowled reasonably for England, if a little expensive, and he was repaid for his toil with the wicket of North (26), who was caught by Matt Prior in the gloves.
Anderson claimed the wicket of Siddle (3) caught Cook, before the day ended with Brad Haddin (56) caught Finn off the bowling of Broad, who had been tight from his 18.5 overs, recording 1 wicket for just 39 runs.
England came in for one over, and came through unscathed, scoring a leg bye in the process.
Australia need early wickets on a flat-looking track, and will be hoping that England do not show the same sort of form that saw Cook, Strauss and Trott put on 517 for 1 at the Gabba.
Doug Bollinger and Ryan Harris have been added to the Australian pace attack to replace Gabba disappointments Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus.
Their work is cut out: remove England for under 300 to stay in this game.
The Ashes 2010/2011 – Adelaide Test Lineups
Katich, Watson, Ponting (C), Clarke, Hussey, North, Haddin (W), Doherty, Siddle, Harris, Bollinger
Strauss (C), Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Collingwood, Bell, Prior (W), Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn
Erasmus, A L Hill, J J Crowe, B R Doctrove
The Ashes 2010/2011 – Adelaide Test – Day One
- Australia won the toss and elected to bat first
- 1st innings – Australia 245 all out (85.5 overs)
- 1st innings – England 1 for no wicket
- Australia lead by 244 runs