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

Leigh WalshCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2013

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06:  Michael Clarke of Australia acknowledges the crowd as he walks off the ground after he was dismissed during day two of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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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)
AN Cookb Johnson311
MA Carberrynot out2062
JE Rootnot out955
Extras(lb 1, nb 2)3
MG Johnson7391
RJ Harris5430
NM Lyon51170
PM Siddle4250
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)
CJL Rogersc Prior b Swann72167
DA Warnerc Carberry b Broad2932
SR Watsonc & b Anderson51119
MJ Clarkec Anderson b Stokes148245
SPD Smithb Panesar617
GJ Baileyc Swann b Broad5393
BJ Haddinc Prior b Broad118177
MG Johnsonc Broad b Swann513
PM Siddlec Prior b Stokes29
RJ Harrisnot out5554
NM Lyonnot out1726
Extras(b 8, lb 1, w 1, nb 4)14
JM Anderson3010851
SCJ Broad303983
GP Swann3641512
MS Panesar4471571
BA Stokes182702
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.