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.
Alastair Cook wafts wildly and Mitchell Johnson recorded at 94.7mph in first over of England's innings. Follow live http://t.co/wsGgjwsuvK— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 6, 2013
|England 35-1 (21 overs)|
|AN Cook||b Johnson||3||11|
|MA Carberry||not out||20||62|
|JE Root||not out||9||55|
|Extras||(lb 1, nb 2)||3|
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.
Deflating session that for Eng. At lunch Aus 389-5, Clarke 109,Haddin 57.— mike selvey (@selvecricket) December 6, 2013
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.
Michael Clarke out for 148 - Australia 457-6 - after stand of 200 with Haddin. First Test wicket for Ben Stokes. Live http://t.co/wsGgjwsuvK— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 6, 2013
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.
|Australia 570-9 (158 overs)|
|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|
England now face an uphill task on Day 3 if they’re to turn the second Test around in their favour.
Root & Carberry have shown a lot of composure but if confidence in England is to be restored, they'll have to show real fight for their draw— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) December 6, 2013
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.