Both England and Australia will be satisfied with what they had to offer on the opening day of the Pink Ball Test at the Adelaide Oval. The honours were shared as hosts Australia ended the day’s play on 209/4 at the end of 81 overs. It was a disciplined bowling performance by the English bowlers as they didn’t allow the host batsmen to get away with the game. Verbal volleys were also in full swing. No batsmen could turn their starts into big ones and the top scorer of Day 1 was southpaw Usman Khwaja.
The verbal volleys brought an end to the innings of opener Cameron Bancroft an uncharacteristic lapse in concentration brought about his downfall. David Warner played a few delightful shots en route to his 47. Chris Woakes eventually dismissed him with a short of length delivery outside the off stump. The southpaw fell into the trap and nicked a delivery straight to Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps.
Usman Khawaja departed of the bowing of James Anderson as the Aussies failed to seize the advantage. Steve Smith looked good for his half-century and rotated the strike along to keep the scoreboard ticking. He was eventually castled by a pitch of a delivery from the debutant Craig Overton.
When Smith fell, Australia’s score read 161/4, and from thereon it was Peter Handscomb and south Shaun Marsh who ensured Australia reached stumps with the fall of any further wickets. Handscomb looked in solid touch and played some exceptional shots en route to his unbeaten 36 which was studded with five boundaries.
Marsh also looked in good touch after being troubled by the English bowlers in the initial part of his innings. Eventually, both teams will be happy with their performance and a good opening session for either of the teams tomorrow will set up the match perfectly for them.
The first day involved several onfield banters with Aussie skipper Steve Smith engaging in a war of words with James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Twitterati too was quite active during the opening day’s play and reacted to the first day’s proceedings.
Here are the tweets:
It's remarkable how many more Test cricketers England have used than Australia. Australia's next debutant will be No.452; England's No.452 was Tony Greig #Ashes
— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) December 2, 2017
— Adelaide Oval (@TheAdelaideOval) December 2, 2017
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 2, 2017
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 2, 2017
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) December 2, 2017
Call me old fashioned but an Ashes test breaking for ‘dinner’ just doesn’t sound right! #Ashes
— Manish Bhasin (@_manishbhasin) December 2, 2017