Melbourne, November 29: Australia’s Adelaide Oval on December 2 will host a historic day-night Ashes Test featuring pink balls-the first of its kind in the history of the cricket’s greatest rivalry. This will be the second day-night Test that will be hosted by Australia after the West Australian Cricket Association (WACA) in Perth hosted a first pink-ball Test between Australia and South Africa last year.
England suffered a 10-wicket loss in the first Test on Monday. Few gave England much hope before they departed for Australia. The absence of Ben Stokes means a largely unproven top five and a bowling attack lacking genuine pace.
The Poms, also have a very bad record at Adelaide Oval where they haven’t won since 1978 and their fortunes hang in balance. The day-night, will also give jitters but it will not be cakewalk for Australia as they have lost their previous Test under the lights to South Africa last summer.
But for three and a half days, England almost pulled off a shocker in what could have been an Ashes classic. Instead, the key moments were either given away or gifted to the Australians: the James Vince run-out, two lower-order collapses, tactical decisions when Australia were seven wickets down, some dodgy line-painting resulting in Moeen Ali’s stumping.
For the second Test, the Aussies have named an unchanged line up with Pat Cummins leading the pace attack alongside Mitchell Stark and Josh Hazlewood. Though the ECB have announced that they are considering to offer to chance to all-rounder Ben Stokes, the batting weight will be carried on the shoulders of Joe Root and former captain Alastair Cook.
At the end of the day, England has many good things to look forward ahead of the second Test.
By Samarnath Soory, Nov 29