Aus­tralia off to a bad start in 2nd Ashes Test

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

AUS­TRALIA: Eng­land backed up a sen­sa­tional three­wicket start in­spired by James An­der­son to bowl out Aus­tralia for 245 on an ex­tra­or­di­nary open­ing day of the sec­ond Ashes Test at the Ade­laide Oval on Fri­day.

Aus­tralia got off to their worst Test start in 60 years at two for three in the open­ing three overs and then lost their last five wick­ets for 38 to hand Eng­land the in­side run­ning on a cru­cial early vic­tory in the se­ries. It was a horror per­for­mance by Aus­tralia, com­ing off the drawn first Gabba Test and need­ing to fin­ish ahead of hold­ers Eng­land to re­claim the Ashes.

An­der­son was the best of Eng­land's bowlers, snar­ing the cru­cial wick­ets of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke in his 4-51 off 19 overs.

"It was a fan­tas­tic start and we ob­vi­ously didn't ex­pect to have them 2-3, so we were de­lighted but we didn't want to get too car­ried away with that, and we just cre­ated pres­sure all day," An­der­son said.

"It was a hugely sat­is­fy­ing day for ev­ery­one to come to a ground which is a no­to­ri­ously flat pitch with big first in­nings scores and I thought it was great to keep them to such a low score." Eng­land had a sen­sa­tional start when they re­moved se­nior opener Simon Katich, skip­per Ponting and vice-cap­tain Clarke in an amaz­ing open­ing spell. -Afp

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