Day three of the Second Test in Adelaide and I’m pleased to report more dazzling cricket from England. As things stand, the biggest threat to the tourists’ chances of winning is the inclement weather. England dominating Australia? Rain down under? Has the world been turned on its head?
Who’ll be sinking the Coopers tonight?
England are loving life in Australia right now. Alastair Cook’s record-breaking stand between dismissals finally ended when he edged a Ryan Harris delivery into the gloves of nimble-footed Brad Haddin just before lunch (for what it’s worth, Cook’s record is now 1,058-minutes). But Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell continued to pile on the runs before the rain forced the Adelaide Oval’s ground staff to put the covers on for the day. Australia now have to bat for two days to save the match, but Ricky Ponting may take comfort from the fact England salvaged a draw from a similar position in Brisbane.
While the rest of the Australian bowlers struggled on the flat Adelaide pitch, Ryan Harris showed some form, removing Cook and ending day three on 2-84, making him the hosts’ least expensive frontline bowler. But, let’s be honest, the Aussie bowlers had very little answer to England’s batting dominance. If Ponting’s men are to take anything from this match their own batsman need to show real grit and determination against the tourists’ attack, who will be relishing testing the growing patches of rough with the new ball.
Well done old bean
Kevin Pietersen’s unbeaten 213 was arguably his finest knock for England. After a difficult year in which he’d been dropped from the England one-day side, Pietersen bounced back with great footwork, flair and control in this innings and if his celebrations were anything to go by, it meant a lot to him to be back among the runs.
Close of play:
Australia, First Innings: 245 all out, 85.5 overs
England, First Innings: 551-4, 143.0 overs