Adelaide - A leaping catch by Graeme Swann in the final minutes of play kept
England in contention against Australia on the opening day of the second
Ashes Test in Adelaide on Thursday.
The Australians, one-up in
the series, looked in control at 257 for four nearing stumps, before
Swann held a flying catch two-handed at square leg to dismiss the
dangerous George Bailey for 53.
Bailey had looked set for a
substantial score batting with skipper Michael Clarke before he hooked
paceman Stuart Broad to Swann, whose brilliant piece of outfielding
swung the pendulum towards England on a first day of thrust and parry.
the close, Australia, after winning the toss, were 273-5 with Clarke,
who boasts a ground average of more than 100, on 48 and Brad Haddin on
It could have been even better for England. Michael
Carberry at backward point dropped a sitter off Haddin shortly before
Bailey was in aggressive mood, smashing three sixes, two of them off spinner Monty Panesar and a pull off paceman Broad.
put down Bailey, missing a sharp caught and bowled chance when the
batsman was on 10 and Clarke survived when a flying Joe Root put him
down at midwicket off Swann.
England had grabbed three crucial
wickets to peg Australia back in the half-hour before tea after the home
side made a strong start.
Chris Rogers and Shane Watson put on a century stand for the second wicket before both departed in the space of six balls.
in the last over before tea, recalled spinner Panesar bowled Steve
Smith for six to put England on top in a Test they cannot afford to lose
in the five-Test series.
Watson once again missed out on a big score after making a solid start when he was caught and bowled by Jimmy Anderson for 51.
all-rounder looked well set after 160 minutes at the crease before he
chipped a return catch low down to Anderson on the bowler's
Watson put on 121 runs for the second wicket with
Rogers. It was his 21st Test half-century but highlighted his poor
conversion rate with just three centuries.
Rogers followed five
balls later, attempting to hit Swann through the covers only to be
caught behind by Matt Prior for 72 off 167 balls with 11 fours.
was the seventh time Swann has dismissed left-hander Rogers in Tests,
but it was a big improvement for the opener after low scores in the
first Test in Brisbane.
Broad made an early breakthrough for England, removing dangerous opener David Warner before lunch.
who scored a century in Australia's huge 381-run win in the series
opener in Brisbane, set off at a cracking pace with 29 off 32 balls
before he went after a wide Broad delivery and was caught by Carberry at
England made two changes to their side following the departure of batsman Jonathan Trott with a stress-related illness.
was elevated to Trott's spot and England gave Durham all-rounder Ben
Stokes his first Test cap, while Panesar was included in a twin-spin
attack with Swann.