The Ashes – Second Test Day 1 wrap with @testmatchsofa

George Bailey goes long for one of three 6s in the his maiden Test 50, on Day 1 in Adelaide. Image: ABC Grandstand

George Bailey goes long for one of three 6s in the his maiden Test 50, on Day 1 in Adelaide. Image: ABC Grandstand

Test Match Sofa: The boys on the couch in London, calling cricket into the early hours of the morning, have very kindly invited me back for the Adelaide test – despite my enthusiasm during and after the match. Our Day 1 wrap is below.

It was a very different situation on Day 1 in Adelaide, though. Australia have finished the day 5/273, thanks mainly to fifties from Chris Rogers (72), Shane Watson (51), and George Bailey (53 – his maiden Test fifty). Michael Clarke went to Stumps 48*, and Brad Haddin 7*, though Haddin should’ve been out in the second last over of the day when Michael Carberry dropped a sitter at backward point.

England spinner Monty Panesar (centre) celebrates bowling Australia's Steve Smith, in the middle of the pre-Tea carnage on Day 1 in Adelaide. Image: ABC Grandstand

England spinner Monty Panesar (centre) celebrates bowling Australia’s Steve Smith, in the middle of the pre-Tea carnage on Day 1 in Adelaide. Image: ABC Grandstand

Though honours are even, and though they did bring some carnage on the Australia middle order just before Tea, England will disappointed that they twice allowed Australia to get away to partnerships.

They dropped three catches for the day, and on the whole, I think their length was a touch too short on ground that has very short square boundaries. All four of the Australian bats to get starts play very well square of the wicket.

As always, the Sofa guys will be back on deck for the Day 2 in Adelaide tomorrow, and you can find them via the Tune In radio app, at their online home of thecricketer.com, and also on sportstonightlive.com. On Twitter, you’ll find them @testmatchsofa.

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