Second Test, Brisbane: Day 2 – Rogers breaks the drought

Josh Hazlewood and Chris Rogers have put Australia in a good spot on Day 2 in Brisbane. Images: ABC Grandstand

Josh Hazlewood and Chris Rogers have put Australia in a good spot on Day 2 in Brisbane. Images: ABC Grandstand

The New Daily: Maligned Australian opener Chris Rogers issued a timely reminder of his value to the top order, compiling a fighting 55 in the middle session on Day 2 in Brisbane.

Australia finished the day on 4/221 when bad light stopped play. Steven Smith’s unbeaten run in this series continues, his tally now sitting at 279 runs scored and the Indian bowlers no closer to removing him.

In the morning session, Josh Hazlewood had capped a memorable debut with the ball, becoming the first Australian quick to take five wickets on debut since James Pattinson three seasons ago. He finished with 5/68, and bowled superbly to spearhead the attack, as India were all out for 408 on Lunch.

Much had been made of Rogers’ run of form coming into the Test, and with the national selectors choosing to look to the future in naming Smith the new Australian Captain, many wondered whether the push for youth might extend to other players in the side.

2nd Test, Day 1 – Hard graft for Vijay, Smith and his bowlers

Josh Hazlewood goes off the field in what was an otherwise impressive Test Debut in Brisbane. Image: ABC Grandstnd

Josh Hazlewood goes off the field in what was an otherwise impressive Test Debut in Brisbane. Image: ABC Grandstand

Murali Vijay raised the century he left behind in Adelaide, and looked every bit as fluent as he did last week. Image: ABC Grandstand

Murali Vijay raised the century he left behind in Adelaide, and looked every bit as fluent as he did last week. Image: ABC Grandstand

Really pleased to be on board with The New Daily for the Brisbane and Melbourne Tests, where I’ll be wrapping up each day’s play.

On Day 1 in Brisbane, it’s been a tough initiation for new Australian Captain Steven Smith, who finished the day with two bowlers off the field, and another one holding a possible side strain.

Meanwhile, Indian opener Murali Vijay went one better than he did in Adelaide, bringing up his hundred and then deciding boundaries were a better idea in the heat than running between the wickets.

You can catch my full take on Day 1 over on The New Daily now

ABC Grandstand Cricket Council – 2nd Test preview

Baggy Green No.440: 23yo Josh Hazlewood made his First Class debut for NSW at 17. Image: ABC Grandstand

Baggy Green No.440: 23yo Josh Hazlewood made his First Class debut for NSW at 17. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: I’ve been talking to them all year on Grandstand Breakfast about rugby, but this morning they let me loose for my Cricket Council debut, previewing the Second Test in Brisbane.

With Dan Lonergan and the lovely Melinda Farrell, we discussed Australia’s new Captain Steve Smith, and a new bowling attack, which will include 23yo NSW quick Josh Hazlewood on debut, a debut which has been a long time coming after first playing for NSW as a 17yo.

MS Dhoni is back to captain India, and has got we scribes thinking by dropping hints about playing three spinners. In Brisbane. It sounds a tad ambitious..

 

Fifth Ashes Test: Australia’s day

Steven Smith celebrates as his brought up his century on Day 1 of the Fifth Ashes Test in Sydney. Image: ABC Grandstand

It’s always good to get to an SCG Test, but all the more special this for being something of a catch-up session with many an English friend from the last Ashes Tour to these shores three years ago.

And the cricket wasn’t bad, either. Australia found themselves in the deep stuff just after lunch, yet found themselves in yet another dominant position at Stumps on Day 1 in Sydney.

A 128-run stand between Steven Smith and Brad Haddin in the middle session saw England’s thoughts on the day’s honours disappear in the space of two hours. Haddin was out for 75, but Smith went on to post 115, his second century of the series (a bold prediction of mine pre-series), the third of his career, and the first one the boys and I have seen on Day 1 in Sydney since Andrew Symonds raised three figures on the first day of that spiteful Test against India in January 2008 (where he smashed the cover off one in the 20s and was given not out).

Mitchell Johnson joined the party late in the day by removing Michael Carberry and generally scaring the bejesus out of English batsmen. It’s been a truly happy day..

(All but my planned cross with Test Match Sofa, which had to be canned after three attempts; they could hear me, I couldn’t hear anything. Hopefully normal transmission returns tomorrow..)