Ashes - England miss chances on mixed opening day in Adelaide

Day one, second Ashes Test - Australia v England, Adelaide Oval - Australia 273-5 off 91 overs (Watson 51, Rogers 72 / Broad 2-63). Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

Australia ended day one of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on 273-5 after England squandered late opportunities to take further wickets with some poor fielding.

The hosts moved to 155-1 as Chris Rogers and Shane Watson added a century partnership for the second wicket, but England hit back in a sizzling afternoon session, taking three wickets for just 19 runs.

Stuart Broad finished with two wickets for the day as Graeme Swann took a stunning catch late on to dismiss George Bailey for 53, but England failed to take comfortable chances in the field late on in a mixed day.

Australia are perhaps best placed as captain Michael Clarke, who won the toss on what looked a good batting track, led his side to stumps with 48 to his name alongside Brad Haddin, who was dropped by Michael Carberry in the final overs.

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Australia were unchanged from their 381-run victory in the opening Test in Brisbane.

England named Joe Root to replace Jonathan Trott at number three after the South Africa-born batsman left the tour this week to deal with a stress-related illness.

Ben Stokes was handed his debut and will slot at number six while England elected to pick a second spinner in Monty Panesar, rather than another seamer in Tim Bresnan or Chris Tremlett.


Australia win the toss and captain Michael Clarke elects to bat on an ideal batting wicket at Adelaide.

Australia 34-1 - Warner senses he can make a big score but gets a little carried away and plays a loose cut shot straight to Carberry at point off the bowling of Broad for 29.

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Australia 128-1 - Rogers reaches his 50 from 135 balls with a delightful cut wide of point for four runs.

Australia 143-1 - Watson also reaches his half-century, albeit a little quicker (109 balls), as he takes a risky single.

Australia 155-2 - Watson is caught and bowled by Anderson for 51 as the ball begins to do something for the first time.

Australia 155-3 - Swann now gets in on the act as Rogers wafts his bat outside the off stick, gets an edge and is caught behind by Prior for 72.

Australia 174-4 - Panesar makes his mark on this Ashes series with a beautiful piece of bowling, getting some turn to bowl out Steve Smith for 6.

[Tea report: Australia 174-4]

Australia 257-5 - Bailey miscues a bouncer from Broad and Swann takes a brilliant diving catch to dismiss him for 53.

Australia 266-5 - Carberry misses a sitter of a catch at point to send Haddin on his way off the bowling of Panesar.

[Report at stumps: Australia 273-5]


Broad requires a further three wickets to pass Darren Gough (229) as England's 11th highest Test wicket-taker.

65.2% of balls faced by Warner in Australia have been dots, the lowest percentage of anyone in the last five years in Australia.

Australia batsman Watson has now scored four half centuries in five innings at the Adelaide Oval.

Broad has now taken 26 wickets in his last seven Ashes innings having taken six in the preceding six innings against Australia.


Swann: "He (Bailey) middled it and there's no way someone of my age and mobility should catch it, but look at that! That's cricket. You do drop catches and we've fielded exceptionally well so far and taken some belters. It's just a shame today was the day that a couple went down."


Does Cook's side lack discipline despite their supposed ultra-professionalism? The England captain gathered his players together in a huddle on numerous occasions to aid focus but several clear chances were squandered that could have made it a much better day, including two regulation dropped catches.