Australia ended a near-perfect first day after winning the toss in the second Test against England in the ongoing Ashes 2021-22 at Adelaide Oval.

In the absence of Pat Cummins, who missed the match due to a COVID-19 scare, Steve Smith led the Aussies as the hosts capitalised on the brilliant batting conditions in Adelaide. The home team lost the first wicket early as Jos Buttler plucked a blinder to dismiss Marcus Harris (3) off Stuart Broad’s bowling.

However, from thereon, the pair of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne steadied the Aussie ship and didn’t allow the English bowlers to bounce back. The duo went on to form a dominating partnership of 172 runs for the second wicket, which completely demoralised the visitors camp.

Australia’s top Test partnerships by average (min 1000 runs):

  • 1284 @ 128.40 – Don Bradman-Bill Ponsford
  • 1175 @ 106.81 – David Warner-Marnus Labuschagne
  • 1044 @ 104.40 – Don Bradman-Arthur Morris
  • 1850 @ 84.09 – Don Bradman- Bill Woodfull
  • 3451 @ 82.16 – Justin Langer-Ricky Ponting

Warner yet again came close to a three-figure mark before Ben Stokes sent him back to the pavilion. The ‘pocket dynamite’ who came into the game under an injury cloud with badly bruised ribs scored a brilliant 95 off 167, including 11 boundaries. Notably, Warner was dismissed for 94 in the series opener at the Gabba.

His partner-in-crime in the dominating partnership, Labuschagne, impressed one and all with his brilliant strokeplay. He remained unbeaten on 95 along with stand-in skipper Smith (18 no) to lift Australia to 221/2 at stumps on Day 1.

Although the story could have been slightly different for the tourists had they grabbed the missed chances. Labuschagne was dropped twice by Buttler, including the moment at the later stages of the day when the right-handed batter was on 95.

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