Adelaide day 2: “Bradmanesque” Clarke and Haddin put England to the sword

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Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin love batting at Adelaide. If after day 1 honours were even, in the space of one session Clarke and Haddin made sure day 2 belonged to Australia scoring 116 runs, rollicking along at over 4 runs an over.

Michael Clarke brought up his 6th century at Adelaide just before lunch. His score of 148 means he is now Australia’s most prolific centurion at Adelaide and averages¬† a lick under 105.

Brad Haddin, dropped on 5 by Michael Carberry on day 1 and caught behind off a no-ball from Ben Stokes whilst on 51, powered his way to a century after the tea break. If you had to sum up his innings with just one image, it would be the sight of him planting the spinners over the short boundary for six with his favourite slog sweep, some top-edged and some middled.

Haddin (118) who eventually fell to Stuart Broad now has two centuries at Adelaide and averages a staggering 121.

England’s hammering was then compounded by a breezy run a ball half century from Ryan Harris.

With Mitchell Johnson having already dismissed England’s captain for 3, bowling at speeds up to 95mph, and Nathan Lyon seemingly extracting more turn than Swann and Panesar, England will have their work cut out to get anything out of the second Test.

Their grip on the urn is loosening by the minute. Can they reverse the tide?

Australia will meanwhile want to keep their eyes in and crush England…


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