Ashes 2nd Test – Day 1 – Adelaide Oval – grey day, cold and rain

Ashes Second Test Day 1
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 Ashes 2nd Test – Day 1 – Adelaide. Grey, cold day perfect weather conditions for England really

Rain brought the first day of the second Test to an early close.  But not before Australia finished with 209-4.

England went for the field when they won the toss.

Joe Root became the first captain in 25 years to win the toss and field at the Adelaide Oval. Then see his side manage to take only four wickets.

Given the overcast conditions and expectation the pink ball may misbehave, Root’s decision at the toss was not a total surprise, even if it was unusual.

Only after the second, 75-minute, rain delay were England energised as Chris Woakes’ direct hit accounted for Cameron Bancroft.

From then on, the first day of Ashes cricket under lights and with a pink ball was great stuff on a two-paced surface that does not look conducive to free-scoring.

It was played out in front of a crowd of 55,317, the largest for any cricket match at the Adelaide Oval.

But there were good bits and you can watch highlights of play.  It is good to see Australia’s captain out on a wicket.

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