August 23, 2017

Australia crumble early in Adelaide Ashes Test

So Ricky, talk us through your first innings dig at Adelaide. Is there anything particularly memorable you noticed on your walk back to the pavilion?

It has only taken three overs of the Adelaide Ashes Test match for Australia to lose the top off its batting line-up.

With many predicting another run-fest draw on a normally docile South Australain wicket, it seemed incomprehensible that the Australian batsmen could start so badly.

Ricky Ponting won the toss and batted, because that is what Australia do. His spell in the middle for the toss proved to be a lot longer than his first dig at bat.

James Anderson opening for England started brigthly with four uneventful balls. Then Watson called a single, Katich hesitated and got runout.

Ricky Ponting strode to the crease and strode back again first ball after edging to Swann at second slip.

Stuart Broad bowled the next over for no result. Then first ball of Anderson’s second over saw Michael Clarke caught at where else but Swann at second slip.

Australia should be expected to recover and mount a fightback, but for now I am forced to eat humble pie for not rating James Anderson in Australian conditions. But then again it is only three overs into a five day Test Match, and anything might happen and probably will.

Post Script: Australia all out for 245. Michael Hussey 93, Brad Haddin 56, Shane Watson 51. What about the rest? Well it is a sad tale of single figures.

England are 1 without loss after one over at the close of play on day one.