Ashes - England's bowlers stun Australia

Fri, 03 Dec 06:46:00 2010

England bowled out Australia for a paltry 245 on the first day of the second Ashes Test at Adelaide after an inspired performance from Andrew Strauss’s side.

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The tourists ripped through Australia's top order in an exhilarating start to the match at the Adelaide Oval, in which three wickets fell in the first 10 minutes of play after Ricky Ponting had won the toss and elected to bat.

Mike Hussey hauled his side out of the mire with a gutsy 93, with Brad Haddin and Shane Watson both adding half-centuries, but England’s bowlers ensured that the hosts were left badly exposed.

James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers as the Lancastrian finished with four for 51, while Graeme Swann took two wickets in successive deliveries. England were forced to negotiate a single over before stumps, and did so unscathed to finish with one run on the board.

Australian opener Simon Katich was run-out without having faced a single delivery, before captain Ponting also departed in the opening over for a golden duck. Vice captain Michael Clarke was dismissed for two in the third, and the hosts were reeling.

The other opener, Watson, made 51 before joining them in the dressing room soon after lunch and the fifth wicket fell when Marcus North departed just before tea. But the fulcrum of the innings was Hussey and Haddin (56), who enjoyed a partnership of 307 at the Gabba in the drawn first Test and were reunited here by North's dismissal with Australia on 159-5 at tea.

Having lost the toss at a ground which is traditionally batting-friendly and where huge first-innings totals are the norm, England were expected to spend a long, hot day toiling in the field with little return. Paceman Anderson had other ideas, however, but although he did most of the damage for England, the first wicket came courtesy of Australian confusion and a fine throw by Jonathan Trott.

The match was just four deliveries old when Watson set off for a single off his pads but Katich, who had not faced a ball, failed to react and was left fuming as Trott fired a direct hit from midwicket. The next ball took the key wicket of Ponting for a golden duck, the Australian skipper getting an outside edge to an Anderson delivery and Swann swooping to catch it at second slip.

Vice captain Clarke, who again looked out of sorts, lasted just seven minutes before Anderson and Swann combined to dismiss him for two runs.

Anderson thought he had added Watson to his list of victims soon afterwards but his loud lbw appeal was ignored and the television review showed the ball to be going over the stumps. The impressive English quick also dropped a difficult return catch off Hussey, a let-off which the Australian mid-order batsman looked determined to exploit.

Anderson finally got Watson two overs after lunch when he managed to find some swing which fooled the batsman into a shot which ended up in the hands of Kevin Pietersen at gully.

Steven Finn had a poor day with the ball in hand but finally got a return for his efforts in the baking sun when North was caught behind by Matt Prior for 26.

Hussey had a sudden loss of composure as he edged Swann to Paul Collingwood at slip, before Ryan Harris, who replaced Ben Hilfenhaus as one of two changes to the Australia side, departed first ball lbw, despite having the decision reviewed.

Xavier Doherty was the second Australia batsman to be run out in absurd fashion as Cook, Trott and Prior combined to great effect, before Peter Siddle holed out to Anderson, and Haddin, looking to farm the strike, fell to Stuart Broad.

Harris completed the solitary over of England's reply, which Strauss and Cook successfully negotiated to steer the tourists to stumps unscathed and buoyant before a frustrated Ponting embroiled himself in a furious exchange with his opposite number as the players left the field.

Day one timeline (All times UK):

00:04 - Australia 0-1 (1 over) - Watson calls Katich through for a very tight run, and the opener bizarrely jogs through and is comprehensively run out by Trott.

00:06 - Australia 0-2 (1 over) - Ponting edges behind to second slip off Anderson to depart for a golden duck.

00:18 - Australia 2-3 (3 overs) - Anderson and Swann combine once more as the out-of-sorts Clarke edges behind to second slip off the paceman.

00:38 - Australia 14-3 (7 overs) - Hussey (on three) tentatively prods back a delivery to Anderson in the air, but the bowler grounds his attempted catch.

02:00 - Australia 94-3 (27 overs) - Watson reaches his 50 with an emphatic pull shot through midwicket for four runs off Finn.

02:05 - Australia 94-3 (27 overs) - LUNCH

02:46 - Australia 96-4 (29 overs) - Anderson has Watson caught at gully by Pietersen in his first over after the interval.

03:26 - Australia 120-4 (38 overs) - Hussey brings up his half-century with a fine sweep for three runs behind square off Swann.

04:32 - Australia 156-5 (55 overs) - North attempts to cut a full delivery from Finn and edges behind to Prior.

04:44 - Australia 159-5 (57 overs) - TEA

06:15 - Australia 207-6 (74 overs) - Hussey edges behind to Collingwood off Swann to fall, seven runs shy of his century.

06:17 - Australia 207-7 (74 overs) - Harris departs lbw next delivery, and a review cannot save him; Xavier Doherty survives the subsequent hat-trick ball.

06:47 - Australia 227-8 (80 overs) - Doherty is run-out after a dismal mix up with Haddin, attempting a run off the bowling of Swann.

07:11 - Australia 243-9 (85 overs) - Siddle clips a full delivery from Anderson into the leg side where Cook takes a sharp catch.

07:18 - Australia 245 all out (86 overs) - Haddin holes out to Finn in the deep off the bowling of Broad as Australia are bowled out.

07:32 - England 1-0 (1 over) - STUMPS

Dan Quarrell / Eurosport

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