England bowlers crush sorry Australia

December 3, 2010 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

It was a case of whatever you-can-do-we-can-do-better for England at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.

After watching their top order batsmen pile on the runs at the Gabba – ending day five 517-1 – the England bowlers were given their chance to shine after Ricky Ponting won the toss and sensibly elected to bat on a hard, flat surface under clear, blue sun drenched skies in South Australia.

Those following the Live scores regularly believe that this should have signalled a long, hard day for England in the field. Adelaide has reputation for being a batsmen’s paradise and the last test here between the two sides saw them both hit more than 500 in their first innings.

But England inflicted on Australia their worst start with the bat for 60 years to leave them spinning on first 0-2 and then 2-3.

Shane Watson, Mike Hussey and then Brad Haddin desperately tried to lead a recovery job but Graeme Swann made a welcome return to form to remove first Hussey and then Ryan Harris in successive deliveries to leave the flimsy Aussie tail exposed at 207-7.

That the Aussie innings was wrapped up with the expense of just 38 more runs says much about the new ruthless streak contained within Strauss’ men. The last few days of play at the Gabba and the opening day here reflects an England side determined to go for the jugular and not let the opposition out of a tight spot.

Caution is still needed – don’t forget England found themselves in the same position as Australia are after day one at the Gabba. If the hosts bowl well on day two to dismiss England cheaply it is game on again.

But with the pitch doing a little, but not a lot, those following the live cricket scores believe that the stage is set for England to really grab this game by the scruff of the neck and nudge ahead in an already thrilling Ashes race.


Entry filed under: Australia, Cricket, England.

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