Australia vs England 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights Today 2 Dec 2017

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Usman Khawaja brought up the second half-century of his Ashes career as Australia progressed steadily on a rain-affected opening day at Adelaide Oval. At the dinner break, Khawaja was on 53 and Steven Smith had moved along to 25. Australia had reached 2 for 138, but England had missed a golden opportunity to have them three down when Mark Stoneman dropped Khawaja in the deep on 44.


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Such chances could hardly be let slip after Joe Root took a significant gamble by sending Australia in, thus becoming the first captain in any day-night Test not to choose to bat first. Root said he wanted to give his fast bowlers use of the overcast conditions but Smith said he would certainly have chosen to bat on the hard Adelaide Oval surface, and it took an outstanding piece of fielding for England to make their first breakthrough.

After the opening session was reduced to 13.5 overs due to persistent rain, the Australians resumed on 0 for 33, and it took only four balls for England to strike. David Warner pushed Stuart Broad towards cover and a misfield from Moeen Ali resulted in Warner calling Cameron Bancroft through for a single. However, Warner changed his mind and Bancroft was caught short at the non-striker’s end by a direct hit from Chris Woakes.

It was just the boost England needed after the openers negotiated the new ball with few problems. There was some swing and seam movement for Broad, Woakes, James Anderson and debutant Craig Overton, but the Australians left effectively and few balls threatened the stumps.