Australia 209-4 at Stumps Ist Day of 2nd Test

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Adelaide (December 2, 2017): England struggled to vindicate Joe Root’s gamble to bowl first on a cagey first day of the inaugural pink-ball Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Only Usman Khawaja (53) could post a half-century, and no stand exceeded 53 as England arguably fluffed their lines with the new ball but stuck to their task to restrict Australia to 209 for four at the close.

There was a prize maiden wicket for England debutant seamer Craig Overton – home captain Steve Smith – and Chris Woakes edged back towards his best in support of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

No one, though, could claim to have achieved a telling advantage in front of a modern-day ground-record crowd of more than 55,000 on a day briefly notable too for the niggle which has often overshadowed this high-profile series so far.

At dinner, England had made worryingly little headway. They did not help themselves by pitching too short initially – although as well as no wickets, the other consequence was relatively few runs.

At dinner, England had made worryingly little headway. They did not help themselves by pitching too short initially – although as well as no wickets, the other consequence was relatively few runs.

It was down to Woakes that, after an opening session truncated by showers to only 13.5 overs, England then bagged a couple of much-needed breakthroughs in the second.

The left-hander Usman Khawaja took only minor advantage, though, completing his 89-ball half-century with a back-cut off Moeen Ali for his eighth boundary only to then fall in the first over of the final session as the lights began to take effect.

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