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Australia vs England: The Ashes highlights, live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 2

3rd December, 2017


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Australia v England

Adelaide Oval, December 2-6, 2017

2nd Test - Australia v England Test Series 2017/2018

Australia 1st Inn 8/442 d.
England 1st Inn 227 all out
Australia 2nd Inn 138 all out
England 2nd Inn 233 all out
England won the toss and elected to bowl.
Australia win by 120 runs
England Over: 84.2  RR: 2.38
Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
J.M. Anderson 0 0 0 0 0.00
Bowlers O M R W Econ
M.A. Starc* 19.2 3 88 5 4.55
J.R. Hazlewood 20.0 7 49 2 2.45
Last Wicket: J.M. Bairstow, 36 (b. Starc) - 10/233
First ball: 2pm (AEDT) - 1:30pm (local)
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA
TV: Live, Nine Network
Online: Live, Cricket Australia Live Pass
Betting (after Day 1): Australia $1.51, England $5.15, Draw $4.40
Overall record: Played 342, Australia 141, England 108, drawn 93
Record in Australia: Played 163, Australia 83, England 56, drawn 24
Record at the Adelaide Oval: Played 31, Australia 17, England 9, drawn 5
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Aleem Dar

1st Test: Australia won by 10 wickets

Australia (XI)
1. David Warner
2. Cameron Bancroft
3. Usman Khawaja
4. Steve Smith (c)
5. Peter Handscomb
6. Shaun Marsh
7. Tim Paine
8. Mitchell Starc
9. Pat Cummins
10. Nathan Lyon
11. Josh Hazlewood

England (XI)
1. Alastair Cook
2. Mark Stoneman
3. James Vince
4. Joe Root (c)
5. Dawid Malan
6. Jonny Bairstow (wk)
7. Moeen Ali
8. Chris Woakes,
9. Stuart Broad
10. Craig Overton
11. James Anderson
Shaun Marsh of Australia bats during day two of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 24, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
3rd December, 2017
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After a rain-interrupted first day of the second Ashes Test, Australia will look to build on their position against England who must take early wickets. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from the earlier start time of 2pm (AEDT).

Thanks to some frustrating weather around Adelaide, nine overs were lost on the first day of this historic day-night Ashes Test.

It means we make up half-an-hour at the start of Day 2 (eight overs) and the other over tomorrow. More rain is forecast though, so it could be another on-off type day.

Australia will be pleased with their position after Day 1. Having won the first match of the series in Brisbane, they went to stumps in Adelaide at 4 for 209.

It was a slow going day for Australia, who had to grind against some solid English bowling. At times, their length was too short and maybe Australia should have had more runs, but with the exception of a ran out Cameron Bancroft, each Australian proved runs could be made, making a start before falling to the tough conditions.

Interestingly though, things didn’t get that much tougher once the lights turned on, as they have done in previous years. The ball moved a little bit, but it was nothing extravagant and certainly not enough to get rid of Peter Handscomb or Shaun Marsh, who guided Australia to stumps

However, that can’t be judged until Mitchell Starc has had a go, which he is likely to do at the end of today’s play.

Working out a par score after the first day is difficult to do. 300 should be the aim for Australia, but certainly, they will want more than that, knowing the way these day-night matches can change in a session.

Though, the way England batted in Brisbane raises questions about what would be too many for them to chase. They were extremely negative in the first innings, which bit them, before batting poorly in the second. If Joe Root doesn’t make runs, then even 250 may be too many for England to be competitive, especially if Starc gets the ball going.


Regardless, the tourists need early wickets before they can worry about batting, and in daylight conditions, that could be easier said than done with Australia seemingly happy to grind the match into oblivion when needed.

Day 2 prediction
It’s hard to get a read on the match. Australia are in front after Day 1, but a couple of quick wickets will flip things on their head. You feel England needed a strong start to the match though, and it could be an uphill battle, particularly if the pitch improves for batting under daylight conditions.

If Australia can make the most of that and have a relatively new ball for the night session, they could cruise well ahead in this match.

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