The Ashes: Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner put Australia on top after day one of pink-ball Test | Cricket News

Stuart Broad marks the return to England and 150th Test with Marcus Harris’ first wicket (3) before Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner struck half a century vigilant; Steve Smith chose to bat after being captain with Pat Cummins in solitary confinement after close Covid-19 contact

Last updated: 16/12/21 11:43

Marnus Labuschagne approaches a sixth century of proof after being dropped on 21 and 95

The half-century brigade of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne – and the falls of Jos Buttler – gave Australia the upper hand over a friction first day of a pink ball test in Adelaide.

Australian captain Pat Cummins was identified as a close contact after sitting next to someone carrying the virus at an evening meal in town, so Deputy Captain Smith stepped forward to lead the team for the first time since the tampering scandal. of the ball in Cape Town. in 2018 he concluded his role as skipper.

Smith chose to bat after winning the draw and watched as Warner (95 out of 167) and Labuschagne (95 no out of 275) put up 172 for Australia’s second wicket, before the replacement skipper hit 18 not out of 71 balls once Warner cut Ben Stokes at Stuart Broad in cover to drop in the 90s for the second consecutive test after his 94 in Brisbane.

Labuschagne was knocked out by English wicketkeeper Buttler on Stokes on 21 and then again by the same man at the end of the day on 95 after James Anderson induced an outside lead with the second new ball.

Australia – who led the five-game streak 1-0 after a nine-wicket win at The Gabba last week – finished at 221-2 from 89 over with England’s same bout on five fronts, missing the rested Mark Wood, possibly guilty of bowling too short, especially under the lights with the old ball.

David Warner lost five points from the 25th test by 100

David Warner lost five points from the 25th test by 100

It was slow at first with the return of Broad and Anderson narrowing the home team to 11-1 from the top 10 overs, with Broad scoring his 150th test appearance with Marcus Harris’ wicket (3) while Buttler took a jaw-dropping hand – grabbed along the side of his leg – a moment in stark contrast to the later blots that spared Labuschagne.

Warner took 20 balls to get the mark, 53 to hit double digits, and recorded the slowest third of his 32 108-ball fifty tests – an innings he wasn’t able to turn into a 25th ton when he fell. in the spotlight.

Labuschagne, meanwhile, has been subjected to a storm of short deliveries from Stokes, who has taken on the role of England’s guardian in the absence of their fastest player, Wood.

England entered a slow course by offering little movement – each Stokes seam bar went less than three runs and Anderson less than two – but lacked variety with no express paceman or frontline spinner on the team.

Anderson and Broad’s returns meant that visitors left out Wood and left-arm spinner Jack Leach and the omissions of both could come back to bite the tourists as they attempt to level the series and break an 11-game winless streak in the testing in Australia – their latest victory came at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2011.

Part-time spinner Root found an appreciable breakthrough on day one, while Australian outfield Nathan Lyon claimed 19 wickets with an average of 25.78 in the Adelaide pink ball tests.

Leach or Broad appeared England’s only selection dilemma and it was the latter who got the nod when he made his first test appearance since August and became the tenth man and third Englishman after Anderson and Sir Alastair Cook, at the milestone of 150 test matches.

Broad would have enjoyed Warner-esque bowling after firing him seven times during England’s 2019 Ashes series, but it was the batter’s opening partner, Harris, who cheaply removed from his usual approach around the wicket for lefties.

Harris had successfully flipped a lbw layoff on Broad in the sixth over – the ball was meant to slip over the leg stump – but fell in the eighth as he deflected a shot down the side of the leg and Buttler took a brilliant hold with a hand jumping to his Righteous.

The England offense often beat the bat but failed to induce the edges behind, perhaps emphasizing that they were at least a little short.

Stokes’ short approach made Labuschagne tremble, however, with Australia’s No. 3 pinned to the fingers and ribs in the first session and then pulling Stokes back down the side of the leg in the second – only for Buttler who took advantage of the opportunity by jumping to his left.

Australia would have been 62-2 if Labuschagne had been sent off, but moved up to 176 before the next wicket fell – Warner the man who walked away as he clubbed Stokes’ wide short ball at Broad offside on 95.

Buttler was unable to hold on to a routine opportunity when Labuschagne thumped his back foot on 95, with the batter’s stand with skipper Smith now worth 45 out of 150 deliveries.


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