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Ashes 2021, AUS vs ENG 2nd Test, Day 1 Highlights: How Australia came out on top at end of Day 1 at Adelaide

Ashes 2021, Australia vs England (AUS vs ENG) 2nd Test, Day 1 Highlights: While Australia have a perfect record in day-night Tests, England have just one win in four attempts.

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Updated: December 16, 2021 7:48:52 pm
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Ashes 2021, Australia vs England 2nd Test, Day 1 Highlights: After registering a nine-wicket win earlier, hosts Australia opted to bat first against England on the first day of the second Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

While Australia’s record in day-night matches is perfect, England have just one win in four attempts. The win came in their first day-nighter at home against West Indies in 2017. England will get two chances with the pink ball in this series — the fifth Test in Hobart, which was moved from Perth because of COVID-19 restrictions in Western Australia, will also be a day-nighter. As far as the surface is concerned, there should be encouragement for all the bowlers with a nice amount of grass offering pace, bounce, and movement. When the lights come on, there will be some advantage for the seamers.

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith(c), Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(w), Michael Neser, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon

England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Match EndedEngland tour of Australia, 2021/22 - 2nd Test


473/9 dec (150.4) u0026 230/9 dec (61.0)


236 (84.1) u0026 192 (113.1)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 2nd Test )
Australia beat England by 275 runs

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17:17 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Its stumps in Ashes

Labuschagne and Smith remain unbeaten on 95 and 18 respectively. Labuschagne will be looking forward to start day 2 with a century and contributing to Australia's mammoth total. AUS: 221/2 (89 overs)

16:55 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Buttler drops Labuschagne

Buttler puts down a sitter with Labuschagne on 95. Possibly a huge moment in the game but what is causing him trouble?  

16:47 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Well deserved century missed for Warner

16:20 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Labuschagne inches closer to ton

Labuschagne (94*) enters into his nineties as Smith is on a 43-ball 10*. England still looking for a wicket. AUS: 212/2 (80 overs)

16:00 (IST)16 Dec 2021
AUS cross 200-run mark!

After slowing down the run-rate for a while, Australia cross the 200-run mark! Root, who came into the attack after the drinks break, concedes three singles in his over. While stand-in skipper Smith is on 6*, Labuschagne is batting on 88*. AUS: 202/2 (73 overs)

15:22 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Warner falls in nervous nineties again!

Stokes with a big wicket! England finally have some reprieve as the dangerous second-wicket partnership falls! Warner flat bats a short delivery straight to Broad at cover and walks back to the dressing room on 95. On comes Smith. AUS: 176/2 (64.2 overs)

15:11 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Warner, Labuschagne march on confidently

Frustrating the pacers, Warner (84*) and Labuschagne (65*) forge a 150-run stand for the second wicket. Warner brings it up with a well-executed pulled four and then the latter punishes Anderson with his fourth boundary of the innings. AUS: 160/1 (62 overs)

14:40 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Final session underway!

Anderson restarts the proceedings. Both Warner (67*) and Labuschagne (55*) keep the run-counter ticking. AUS: 135/1 (55 overs)

14:15 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Tea break!

Warner (65*) and Labuschagne (53*) walk back to a round of applause from the dressing room. The pair have combined well to provide the hosts a platform for posting a big total. The second session has been an absolute win! AUS: 129/1 (53 overs)

14:08 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Half Century!

A second fifty of the series for Marnus Labuschagne - this one comes off 156 balls.

Fastest to 2000 runs in Test Cricket:

22 - Don Bradman (1931)
32 - George Headley (1939)
33 - Herbert Sutcliffe (1928)
33 - Michael Hussey (2008)
34 - Marnus Labuschagne (2021)*

14:05 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Almost a brain fade!

Warner with the switch hit attempt, doesn't get any of it and nearly plays it onto the leg stump. Don't think Justin Langer would have been a happy man if this got Warner out. AUS: 119/1 

13:19 (IST)16 Dec 2021
FIFTY! For Warner 🔥

Warner backs away and wallops the first ball after drinks over cover for four. The next ball is quicker but he hits it even better. Fifty for David Warner!

13:15 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Mike Atherton questions Steve Smith’s leadership

“I think once you’ve been punished and done your time in any reasonable society there must be a chance for people to come again,” he said on SEN Test Cricket.

“The only thing I wonder about Steve Smith, his role as captain generally, he’s so self-absorbed it seems to me as a cricketer, certainly as a batsman, he seems to exist in his own world, this bubble. “I just wonder about his role generally as captain, I have no problems with him being given the opportunity again, whether he’s the best man for it is another question.

“I’ve always found it odd the slight differential in punishment between Smith and David Warner, I’ve never quite understood that.”

13:13 (IST)16 Dec 2021
A innings like no other from Warner

David Warner has made Test centuries inside 100 balls on three occasions - but today, he reached 100 deliveries faced with just 36 runs to his name. Only two of his Test innings have seen him reach this stage with fewer runs scored.  AUS: 77/1 (40 overs)

13:01 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Watch: Buttler's Butterfingers
13:00 (IST)16 Dec 2021

Buttler DROPS Labuschagne! Can you belive it? Stokes with the short length and the batter goes for the pull and this time Buttler cannot hold on to it down the legside! Marnus Labuschagne gets a reprieve on 21.


12:49 (IST)16 Dec 2021
1 run in 3 overs

England are bowling so slow they are behind the over rate. This short ball tactic on a pitch that seems to be seaming a bit is interesting to say the least. Good to see no talks of Warner's or Labuschagne's 'intent' so far despite them batting at a SR of 33 & 21.3 so far. AUS: 56/1 (32 overs)

12:27 (IST)16 Dec 2021
AUS cross 50-run mark!

Warner (29*) takes on Anderson and flays one hard through point for his fourth boundary of the innings. The hosts cross the 50-run mark. In the next over, another boundary by Warner brings up the fifty-run stand with Labuschagne (16*). AUS: 55/1 (29 overs)

12:15 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Second session underway!

The second session gets underway. Anderson starts the proceedings. Labuschagne deals with pressure well. AUS: 45/1 (26 overs)

11:31 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Time for some dinner!

Warner (20*) and Labuschagne (16*) will resume play in the second session after holding fort quite well. AUS: 45/1 (25 overs)

Australia Squad: Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (captain), Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc.

England Squad: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jack Leach.

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