A team needs to take 20 wickets to win a match. England’s first day in Adelaide gets them half-way there.
Not that our bowlers needed to take all the wickets today. Some sharp fielding meant that two fell to run outs, and the excellent run out of Simon Katich by Jonathan Trott exposed Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke to the new, swinging ball. Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann catching in the slips took full advantage.
Michael Hussey again provided resistance, but on a pitch where conventional wisdom says you should be scoring 500 first up, 245 all out is a woeful effort. Especially after winning the toss and choosing to bat.
England’s bowling and fielding were mostly superb. Anderson was excellent (again) and Swann was better than in Brisbane.
Day was typified when Brad Haddin and Ponting threw their toys out of the pram at the end of play, and tried to lay into Andrew Strauss on the way off the pitch. Probably want to be a bit quieter after you’ve just been spanked!
Shit day for the Aussies, great day for England.