Thursday, April 24, 2014   

(Cricket) England miss chance to dominate
(12-05 17:05)

A leaping catch by Graeme Swann in the final minutes of play kept England in contention against Australia on the opening day of the second Ashes test in Adelaide, Australia today.
The Australians, one-up in the series, looked in control at 257 for four nearing stumps, before Swann held a flying catch two-handed at square leg to dismiss the dangerous George Bailey for 53.
Bailey had looked set for a substantial score batting with skipper Michael Clarke before he hooked paceman Stuart Broad to Swann, whose brilliant piece of outfielding swung the pendulum towards England on a first day of thrust and parry.
At the close, Australia, after winning the toss, were 273 for 5 with Clarke, who boasts a ground average of more than 100, on 48 and Brad Haddin on 7, AFP reports.
It could have been even better for England. Michael Carberry at backward point dropped a sitter off Haddin shortly before the close.
Bailey was in aggressive mood, smashing three sixes, two of them off spinner Monty Panesar and a pull off paceman Broad.
Panesar put down Bailey, missing a sharp caught and bowled chance when the batsman was on 10 and Clarke survived when a flying Joe Root put him down at midwicket off Swann.
England had grabbed three crucial wickets to peg Australia back in the half-hour before tea after the home side made a strong start.
Chris Rogers and Shane Watson put on a century stand for the second wicket before both departed in the space of six balls.
Then, in the last over before tea, recalled spinner Panesar bowled Steve Smith for six to put England on top.
Watson once again missed out on a big score after making a solid start when he was caught and bowled by Jimmy Anderson for 51.
Watson put on 121 runs for the second wicket with Rogers.
Rogers followed five balls later, attempting to hit Swann through the covers only to be caught behind by Matt Prior for 72 off 167 balls with 11 fours.
Broad made an early breakthrough for England, removing dangerous opener David Warner before lunch.
Warner set off at a cracking pace with 29 off 32 balls before he went after a wide Broad delivery and was caught by Carberry at point.
   
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