Can the away side hold their catches on day two at the Adelaide Oval?
Where: Adelaide Oval
When: 00.30 (GMT)
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Australian captain Michael Clarke and George Bailey put a cap on the damage done to their side’s chances by an impressive bowling effort from England late on day one of the second Ashes Test match at the Adelaide Oval.
Fighting to come back from a 381-run demolition in Brisbane, England would be in a position of total domination if they could catch.
A middle order collapse of 3-19 could have been so much worse if Joe Root had taken a lunging catch at mid-wicket off Michael Clarke from Graeme Swann when the Australian captain was just 18.
And Michael Carberry dropped a sitter at backward point off Brad Haddin late in the day when the Australian wicket-keeper cut hard at the recalled Monty Panesar.
Clarke was unbeaten on a subdued 48 at stumps and Haddin seven.
As Australia’s only world class batsman Clarke is England’s prize wicket and no more so than in Adelaide, where he averages over 100 with five centuries in eight Tests, including 230 against South Africa last season.
A brave Bailey counterattack saved Australia the embarrassment of yet another collective batting failure but it proved more cameo than killer blow.
The Tasmanian captain smacked three sixes in his first half century and the third of the innings as Australia recovered from 4-174 at tea but no one pushed on for a hundred.
Playing just his second Test Bailey, 31, dominated an 83-run partnership with Clarke.