Australia off to a bad start in 2nd Ashes Test
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