Australia vs. England Ashes 2013: Day 2 Scorecard and Recap from Adelaide

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Australia vs. England Ashes 2013: Day 2 Scorecard and Recap from Adelaide
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Centuries from Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin put Australia in a commanding position on Day 2 of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

The hosts declared on 570-9 leaving England to rue their dropped catches on the opening day of play.

England’s response suffered an early set-back when captain Alastair Cook was bowled for just three runs. Mitchell Johnson’s sheer pace got the better of the England captain once more, before the tourists finished the day on 35-1.

2nd Ashes Test: Australia vs. England at Adelaide
England 35-1 (21 overs)
Batsman Dismissal Runs Balls
AN Cook b Johnson 3 11
MA Carberry not out 20 62
JE Root not out 9 55
Extras (lb 1, nb 2) 3
Bowler O M R W
MG Johnson 7 3 9 1
RJ Harris 5 4 3 0
NM Lyon 5 1 17 0
PM Siddle 4 2 5 0

ESPN Cricinfo

After an even opening day in Adelaide, Day 2 was anything but.

Friday’s play began after a minute’s silence to honour the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela, and when it did start Clarke and Haddin put Australia in the ascendancy.

The pair were in confident form on the flat pitch, comfortably dealing with everything the England bowlers sent their way.

Clarke brought up his century before lunch off 175 balls. 

But his impressive outing with the bat was finally ended when he clipped one into the grateful hands of James Anderson off the bowling of Ben Stokes. 

His replacement, Johnson, was then sent packing for five runs, but no sooner had he left the field when Haddin collected a century of his own. The 36-year-old eventually succumbed soon after, sending a tired shot towards a diving Matt Prior off Stuart Broad.

But the damage had already been done. The Aussies declared on a total of 570-9, with Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, George Bailey and Ryan Harris all chipping in with half centuries.

2nd Ashes Test: Australia vs. England at Adelaide
Australia 570-9 (158 overs)
Batsman Dismissal Runs Balls
CJL Rogers c Prior b Swann 72 167
DA Warner c Carberry b Broad 29 32
SR Watson c & b Anderson 51 119
MJ Clarke c Anderson b Stokes 148 245
SPD Smith b Panesar 6 17
GJ Bailey c Swann b Broad 53 93
BJ Haddin c Prior b Broad 118 177
MG Johnson c Broad b Swann 5 13
PM Siddle c Prior b Stokes 2 9
RJ Harris not out 55 54
NM Lyon not out 17 26
Extras (b 8, lb 1, w 1, nb 4) 14
Bowler O M R W
JM Anderson 30 10 85 1
SCJ Broad 30 3 98 3
GP Swann 36 4 151 2
MS Panesar 44 7 157 1
BA Stokes 18 2 70 2

ESPN Cricinfo

England now face an uphill task on Day 3 if they’re to turn the second Test around in their favour.

While a comeback is unlikely, the tourists will take hope from history. As Mark Mitchener and Stephan Shemilt of BBC Sport point out, England declared for 551-6 on this exact ground seven years ago and lost.

The tourists can only hope to inflict a similar fate on the Aussies, who now look like favourites to regain the Ashes.

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