The second test of the Ashes was beginning to look like a repeat of the first test which would have put England on the back foot straight away, but the visitors managed to recover following a promising start from the hosts. Australia were on fine form and, admittedly with the help of poor bowling from the England side, the Ashes hosts found themselves on a comfortable score of 155-1 after over three hours of play. Shane Watson and Chris Rogers proved to be a deadly partnership, but when England hit form, the duo couldn’t stay at the crease.
For the first half an hour in the second Ashes test, Chris Rogers was partnering with David Warner before the latter player was caught out by Michael Carberry after only 34 runs. However, the next partnership between Rogers and Watson was a massive blow to England as they scored 72 and 51 runs respectively before they both lost their wicket on a score of 155. Steven Smith was the next Australian at the crease, but he only scored 6 runs and lasted 22 minutes before Monty Panesar bowled him out. However, George Bailey did considerably better scoring 51 runs before he was caught out by Graeme Swann.
The day ended with Australia’s captain Michael Clarke at the crease with his team-mate Brad Haddin on 48 and 7 runs respectively. Although, just before the first day finished, Haddin was nearly caught out by Michael Carberry, who dropped the simplest of catches allowing Haddin to keep his place at the crease going into the second day. Following the terrible 381 run defeat in the first test of the Ashes, Alastair Cook will be happy with his England team that they have managed to keep the Australia score fairly low as he will hope for a similar performance on the second day.
Author Daniel Foster.
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