December 10, 2013
Australia on top again in Adelaide
Second test, Adelaide
Australia 570-9 dec & 132-3 dec Beat England 172 & 312 by 218 runs.
Australia dominate England and take a 2-0 lead in the second test match down under in Adelaide.
There were a couple changes to the England side as Ben Stokes was given his debut and Monty Panesar came in for Chris Tremlett. Michael Clarke made no changes to his side from their side that won in Brisbane.
On day 1 Australia won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a very good wicket. Although England took a few quick wickets early on, the excellent stroke play from the Australian batters set up a big total of 570-9 dec. Michael Clarke (148) took centre stage. He was assisted by the vice-captain Brad Haddin (118) who scored a century of his own. Also half-centuries from Shane Watson, George Bailey and Ryan Harris helped secure the big total.
England will rue the missed opportunities that they had to capitalize on the Australians. Both Clarke and Haddin were dropped before they reached their half centuries.
England could only muster a total of 172 in reply and this was down to poor shot selection, good catching from the Australians and some very fast bowling from Mitchell Johnson (7-40). Johnson didn’t stop there as he took 3 wickets in one over to destroy England’s middle order. Only real positive for England was the form of Michael Carberry (60) and Ian Bell (72*).
Australia chose to bat again to give their bowlers a rest and raced to a total of 132-3 at the end of day 3. David Warner (83*) who was the perfect man for quick runs did just that.
With wet weather around at the start of day 4, Michael Clarke made a decision to declare overnight leaving England a mammoth 530 runs for victory. Once again Cook departed very early to Mitchell Johnson and Michael Carberry not long after. England were on the back foot literally, for the first hour. Joe Root (87) and Kevin Pietersen (53) showed some fight both reaching half centuries. After KP was bowled by Siddle England lost wickets and ended day 4 on 247-6. Prior (69) & Broad (29) put up little residence on day 5 both choosing to play their shots. England was eventually all out for 312. Peter Siddle (4-57) & Ryan Harris (3-54) were the pick of the bowlers.
England were not million miles away in this game. It all comes back to letting Australia get away in the 1st innings. Catches were put down at crucial times and you can’t do that at this level.
With the 3rd test around the corner at the WACA in Perth, England need to have a shake up and get some of the old guard back in to steady the ship. I personally would like to see Timmy Bresnan back in the line-up for the WACA test.
Few thoughts on this one – Should Bell bat at 3?