TEA: Australia 33/0
And the rain is back. Another delay here…..and covers coming off now
Only a brief delay, play has started again
RAIN STOPS PLAY
We’ve had 11.2 overs before the rain comes in. Covers being brought in quickly. It is quite windy as well. So we might not have a long break. Let’s wait and see.
Lacklustre start for England
Broad and Anderson have not started well for England. They’ve been far too short and allowed some easy singles as well for the openers, who hardly seem under pressure. Will they get better with some overs?
Toss: England opt to bowl
Teams opting to field first at the Adelaide Oval:
Won: 1 (WI in 1982)
Last instance was 25 years ago by India in 1992.#Ashes
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) December 2, 2017
JUST IN: Craig Overton to debut for England, replaces Jake Ball
I have a feeling that in these cold, cloudy & windy conditions that England will want to bowl & Australia will want to bat ! It looks a wonderful pitch & a bat first pitch to me…..
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 2, 2017
Big crowd in already, it’s heating up
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 2, 2017
Lot to look forward to, right? The war of words has started on full steam after that Bairstow-Bancroft non-incident. That’s exactly what irks England. They’ve let Australia’s antics get to them. So much so that Joe Root suggests that Steve Smith’s laughter should be used as motivation. It doesn’t get crazier than that. James Anderson has called Australia bullies, Smith thinks Anderson is one of the biggest sledgers in the world. You’d think that these two teams will line up at the Adelaide Oval for a round of fisticuffs. But hey, Ben Stokes is in New Zealand.
There’s cricket to be played, of course. You’d forget that in all this talk. But it’s a day-night Test, the first of its kind in The Ashes. You’ll get to read a lot of that in The Ashes Chatter by Rob Johnston and Tristan Lavalette. That should get you started.