Day One of Second Ashes Test: Dropped chances and a traitor in the booth
Australia controlled the first day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, reaching 221 for two as England’s bowlers endured a joyless time with the pink Kookaburra ball.
David Warner made 95 and Marnus Labuschagne finished not out for the same score after Jos Buttler dropped him twice. Buttler’s travails encapsulated another difficult outing for Joe Root’s side, who have a mountain to climb if they are to push for the series-levelling win they badly need.
A week without tweak
England’s decision to drop Jack Leach and play four frontline seamers alongside all-rounder Ben Stokes meant they went in to an Ashes Test without a specialist spinner for the first time in two decades.
Back in 2001 England left out Robert Croft in favour of a pace quartet comprising Darren Gough, Andy Caddick, Alex Tudor and Alan Mullally.
England won that match by six wickets but recalled Phil Tufnell for the next game.
Jos like that
Buttler will probably never forget a drop that will go down as one of the very worst by an international gloveman.
Cricket Australia’s social media affiliates were happy to draw attention to it with a clip, labelling the miss an “absolute sitter” while the name ‘Ben Foakes’ began trending on UK Twitter as England fans turned their minds to a man who is widely regarded as the safest wicketkeeper in county cricket.
Quote of the day
David Warner predicts a possible pingdemic over the course of the series after Australia captain Pat Cummins was forced out of the match and into a seven-day isolation after dining next to a Covid carrier on the eve of the match.
Broad joins the 150 club
Most capped Test cricketers
Former England bowler Steven Finn, an Ashes winner Down Under in 2010/11, let a faux pas slip during a commentary stint for Test Match Special.
Labelling Australia great Glenn McGrath his “childhood hero” was bad enough but his admission that he went as far as buying one of their 1999 World Cup shirts was a step too far for some.
Upon hearing the revelation, the official Barmy Army Twitter feed went all in for mock outrage, labelling Finn’s words “a sackable offence”.
Azeem Rafiq criticises Mike O’Farrell’s comments on lack of diversity in cricket
O’Farrell addressed the DCMS committee on Tuesday morning.
Kick It Out to work with ECB to tackle discrimination issues in cricket
Cricket has been hit hard by allegations of racism levelled by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq and others within the last year.
Colin Graves told to ‘put up or shut up’ over role of family trust at Yorkshire
The DCMS committee has expressed concerns after it was alleged the Trust had blocked the removal of board members at the county.
England’s Kate Cross thinks the women’s game is ‘ready for five days of cricket’
England are 4-2 behind in the multi-format series after Australia won the opening T20 and the subsequent two were washed out.
Australia tour to Pakistan: Full-strength squad set to be announced
Australia are set to announce a full-strength squad for the tour of Pakistan scheduled for March.
Proteas news: Temba Bavuma keen to focus on cricket, not backroom issues
South Africa limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma is eager to focus on his side’s performances on the field, rather off-field problems.
Australia news: New-look squad announced for Sri Lanka T20s – Marsh and Warner out
Both David Warner and Mitchell Marsh have been left out of Australia’s squad to take on Sri Lanka in a T20 series next month.
England’s Reece Topley: Injury battle has given me ‘unique’ perspective
Topley says he is not fazed by ‘pressure scenarios’.
Women’s Test cricket: Katherine Brunt calls for reforms to the longest format
England’s Women go into their Test against Australia trailing in the multi-format series.
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