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Day One Recap ... Lost chances
Upper hand: Reckon you’d have to call it a draw, though could have been very different for either team, and both will be rueing wastefulness. For Australia, five batsmen got off to good starts but failed to go on with it, for England, it was three dropped catches, a couple of them by Panesar and Carberry absolute sitters. Aussies certainly made the running early, and at 1/155 were in complete charge, but 3/19 changed the complexion of the match. Clarke and Bailey hauled things back before Broad’s late breakthrough.
The key man: Not one dominant figure, really, with three 50s to Australian batsmen and Clarke on 48 not out, and for the bowling side, four bowlers sharing five wickets, Broad the only man to take more than one. If pushed to make a selection, perhaps you'd go with the Aussie skipper, who has looked better and better, and still holds the key to Australian hopes of a total larger than 400.
Big moment: Australia looked capable of cruising to more than 300 for the loss of just one wicket so comfortable were Watson and Rogers beginning to look. But Anderson's caught and bowled of Watson gave England hope, which was soon cashed on with Rogers and then Smith falling right on tea, the Aussies losing for 3/19.
It could have all changed when ... Panesar bowled some decent stuff, particularly early, but dropped a pretty easy return catch from Bailey, which would have left Australia five wickets down for less than 200. The Tasmanian took advantage of the let-off to post a 50, and he and Clarke added 83 to retore order.
Things went swimmingly for ... No-one, really! This was certainly a day when advantages were gleaned, only to be surrendered again. Bowlers could have had better figures, batsmen wasted their hard work.
Not so swimmingly for ... Steve Smith. The NSW bat was beaten all ends up by Panesar, playing well inside one which turned a little, his off stump rattled as a consequence. That's 31, a duck and six in three knocks. Pressure is building on him.
What does it all mean?: That we have a very delicately-poised Test match at the end of day one. This still looks a very good batting track, though one which will turn even more over the next few days. Australia has to be looking at 400-plus to be competitive. And England, remembering Haddin and Johnson's efforts with the bat in Brisbane, need to get amongst the wickets ASAP on day two.
Good morning everyone, Rohan Connolly signing on here at blog central for day two of the Second Test. First day was one of opportunities lost for both teams, but bottom line is a game delicately poised. What's about to transpire? Let's find out!
Before we start talking cricket, obviously a sad day around the world with the news of the passing of Nelson Mandela. Some terrific tributes pouring in which can be read here at The Age online. "He no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages," says US President Barack Obama.
Good segment on Ch9 just now about worst deliveries cricket has seen. Of course, we know who the winner of the contest is, and yes, it's none other than former PM John Howard, with THAT ball ... yeah, we know you've seen it 1000 times, but always good for a laugh!
Just five minutes away from a start in Adelaide, lots of speculation about what either side needs. For Australia, you'd think only 400-plus seems an adequate enough score. England will be focussing heavily on early breakthroughs, the memory of Brad Haddin and Mitch Johnson's efforts with the bat in Brisbane still looming large. And, of course, there's still that man Clarke to get rid of. Stuart Broad got two timely breakthroughs yesterday, can he be the go-to man for them again?
Nice gesture at Adelaide Oval. Both teams and the crowd observing one minute's silence to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela. Very moving stuff.
So here we go! It's Broad to open proceedings, Brad Haddin on strike.
Good attacking start, Haddin clips Broad through the covers for two from the first ball. Looks to pull couple of balls later, didn't quite time it and no run. Looks keen to move things on, though, just the two runs from first over, Aus. 5/275. And it's going to be Panesar from the other end.