Friday, 3 December 2010

Day One at Adelaide

Background: Tied at 0-0 after a draw in Brisbane, England named an unchanged team, but Australia swapped Johnson and Hilfenhaus for Harris and Bollinger.

How did it start: Ponting won the toss (for once) and had a bat.

Where did it all go wrong for Australia?: The run out of Katich without Kat facing. A crucial momentum shift, which wasn't helped by Ponting edging behind the next ball.

Where did it all go right for Australia?: Hussey continued his Brisbane form. North got into double figures.

Where did it all go wrong for England?: Hussey's 90 meant that Australia were restricted to 'only' 245.

Where did it all go right for England?: Brilliant bowling, hawkish fielding, brilliant day for England.

Who won each session?: Morning - England. Afternoon - England. Evening - England.

Who won the day?: England.

Crumb of comfort?: The pitch might do a bit for Aussie bowlers as well

Shot of the day: Watson's effortless six off Swann

Ball of the day: Anderson giving Ponting a first baller. Brilliant bowling, and massive psychologically.

Man of the day: Jimmy Anderson. Got the wickets he deserved in Brisbane.

And finally... Ashes Oddity: Bumble's Australian accent, which was undoutably the worst Aussie accent ever.

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