Lunch Australia 1 for 46 (Warner 29, Watson 10*, Rogers 7*) v England Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details
England, gambling on two spinners to haul themselves back into the Ashes series, lost what could be an influential toss at the start of the second Test in Adelaide as Australia reached lunch on the first day with the promise of much batting bounty ahead. There was relief for England, though, in the dismissal of David Warner, who had looked in the mood to strut his stuff before he self-destructed against Stuart Broad.
Warner took an immediate liking to Adelaide’s first drop-in pitch, and had 29 from 32 balls when he toe-ended Broad to Michael Carberry at backward point. It was an intemperate moment, part of Warner’s batting DNA and accepted by England with great relief. They must have been fearing a repeat of his better than a run-a-ball hundred made on this ground against South Africa a year ago.
The mood of the Adelaide Test could not have been more divorced from the Gabba, where England had endured a 381-run drubbing. In place of intimidating batting conditions was a sedate drop-in pitch. Heat and humidity gave way to an unseasonably chilly morning with squally showers which forced three stoppages before the lunch and restricted the session to 14.2 overs. The crowd even decided it would be unseemly to boo Broad.
Somehow, in a Test that looked bound to be a long haul, England had to find a way to take 20 wickets. A cheerless, blustery morning, with temperatures around 14C did not immediately revive memories of the manner in which Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar had bowled so successfully in tandem a year ago as England recovered from 1-0 down in India to win the series, but that was the undertaking they faced.