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By Shrikant Shankar
Dec 8, 2013
England lost two wickets in the morning session on Day Four of the second Ashes 2013-14 Test at the Adelaide Oval. Michael Clarke declared Australia’s second innings before the start of play, setting England a target of 531 runs to win.
Cook and Carberry opened the batting for England. Ryan Harris began proceedings for Australia. Cook got off the mark with a single towards long-leg. Mitchell Johnson then struck in the second over of the day.
He dug one in short and Cook top-edged a hook to Harris at fine-leg. Harris took a tumble but collected the ball safely.
Harris bowled a full delivery and Carberry flicked it through square-leg for a four to get off the mark. Harris then bowled another full delivery and Carberry drove through cover for another four. Root got off the mark with a single through mid-wicket off Peter Siddle.
Australia struck again to dismiss Carberry. Siddle came in from round the wicket and bowled one short of a length and Carberry pulled it to Nathan Lyon at fine-leg. Carberry connected with that very well but Lyon took a good low catch to his right.
Pietersen was the next batsman in. He got off the mark with two runs towards fine-leg off Lyon. He then drove Lyon through the covers for another two runs.
Clarke was keeping an attacking field and had a short mid-on and a short mid-wicket for Pietersen. The cloud was a little grey around the Adelaide Oval at this time. Siddle bowled one short and wide and Pietersen cut that for a four through point.
Root started looking more comfortable as his innings went along. He scored a couple of twos off Lyon before taking one on the full and driving it through extra-cover for a four. Johnson was brought back and he had the luxury of two slips, two gullies, a point and one at extra-cover.
Shane Watson was also brought into the attack and he tested the batsmen with a few good in-swingers. The duo managed to make to lunch with losing their wickets.
Australia 570 for 9 decl. (Chris Rogers 72, Michael Clarke 148, Brad Haddin 118; Stuart Broad 3 for 98) and 132 for 3 decl. (David Warner 83*; James Anderson 2 for 19) lead England 172 (Michael Carberry 60, Ian Bell 72*; Mitchell Johnson 7 for 40) and 65 for 2 (Joe Root 29*) by 466 runs.
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)
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