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The Ashes 2010 2nd Test, Day 1: England Run Through Aussies

By on December 3, 2010

England 0 for 1 (Strauss 0*, Cook 0*) trail Australia 245 (Hussey 93, Haddin 56, Watson 51, Anderson 4-51) by 244 runs…

The opening day of the second Test at Adelaide Oval has belonged to England’s bowlers as they demolished Australia for 245, despite another defiant knock from Michael Hussey.

Australia’s day had begun in disastrous fashion, losing three wickets to stumble to 3-2 after the first three overs, with Simon Katich and Ricky Ponting both taken for a duck while under-pressure batsman Michael Clarke was dismissed for two runs.

James Anderson was England’s chief destroyer, dismantling the Aussie’s top order as he claimed both Ponting and Clarke on his way to 4-51.

Hussey, though, backed up his 195 runs in Brisbane to post 93 before he was taken seven runs short of his second consecutive ton by Graeme Swann, who finished with 2-70.

The England spinner produced a delightful delivery which Hussey lashed out at, but the devastating turn saw the batsman prod an edge to Paul Collingwood in slip. Hussey’s dismissal led to a late collapse from the Australians, who lost their last five wickets for just 38 runs.

It was Katich, however, who started the rot as he was run out at the striker’s end without facing a ball after some quick and clever fielding by Jonathan Trott who took the bails off the stumps with a direct hit from square leg.

Ponting followed on the very next ball caught in slip by Swann from an Anderson delivery.

The pair combined again to remove Clarke and Australia were in all sorts of bother at 3-2 after three overs.

Hussey steadied the ship for the home side and racked up a 94-run partnership with Shane Watson, before the opener was taken for 51 in the second over after lunch.

Anderson claimed his third wicket when Watson was caught at gully by Kevin Pietersen.

Marcus North entered the fray and began slowly with first-Test hero Hussey. The pair managed 60 runs between them with the left-handers taking Australia’s total past 150 before North was dismissed for 26 three overs before tea.

North lazily attempted to cut a Steven Finn delivery but got a big edge leaving England wicketkeeper Matt Prior with a routine catch.

Aussie keeper Brad Haddin came in to replace North and Australia’s heroic first-Test duo resumed at 5-156 as they looked to reproduce their massive 307-run partnership from Brisbane.

This time, though, they could only add 51 runs before Hussey was eventually dismissed.

Swann’s influence grew and he went on to claim Ryan Harris lbw for a duck with the following ball in a horror return for the pace bowler in his first Test at the Adelaide Oval, but not after the former Redback appealed the decision.

There wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the decision and Australia spinner Xavier Doherty arrived at the crease with the hosts chance of a successful fight back dashed at 7-207.

Doherty made six runs before he was caught ball watching and run out at the strikers’ end with Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook teeing up Prior for an easy stumping as Australia’s tail end began to crumble.

First test hat-trick hero Peter Siddle was caught for three runs at mid wicket by Cook before Stuart Broad took the final wicket, dismissing Haddin for 56 with Finn catching just inside the rope.

England managed to fit in one over before stumps and the visitors head into day two on 0-1 with captain Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook unbeaten at the crease.

Source: Cricket Austrlia

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