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02-Dec-2017 11:55:00 GMT
Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, day 1

Australia hold edge on tense first day

Adelaide: England were frustrated for much of the first day of the second Ashes Test after asking Australia to bat at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Joe Root became the first captain in 25 years to win the toss and field at the Adelaide Oval, and first in day-night Tests, then saw his side manage to take only four wickets.

England did succeed in controlling the home scoring, with Australia closing on four for 209.

But, on a grey, chilly day that was interrupted three times by rain, England's bowlers did not find the assistance they may have expected.

They were met by patient Australian resistance as Usman Khawaja (53), David Warner (47) and Steve Smith (40) all made runs without kicking on.

Brief scores:
Australia 4 for 209 (Khawaja 53)

Every time Australia looked set to take control, they were pegged back, most importantly when captain Smith was bowled to give England debutant Craig Overton his first Test wicket.

Still, it was the home side - who won the first Test in Brisbane by 10 wickets - that closed the day in the stronger position.

Peter Handscomb (36 not out) and Shaun Marsh (20 not out) will resume when play begins at 03:00 GMT on Sunday, half an hour early in order to make up for the nine overs lost to the weather.


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