Pre-tea wickets boost England

Congleton Guardian: Monty Panesar came into the England side Monty Panesar came into the England side

Two much-needed wickets for no runs in successive overs helped to revive England's hopes as Australia reached a teatime 174 for four on day one of the second Test.

A century stand between Chris Rogers (72) and Shane Watson (51) was ominous for the tourists after Michael Clarke had won the toss on a dry, drop-in pitch at the Adelaide Oval.

But James Anderson, without a wicket in the second innings of England's first-Test defeat in Brisbane and likewise for almost 12 overs here, put a spring back in his team's step.

To do so, he had to stoop low with safe hands in his follow-through as Watson tried to straight-drive on the up.

It was hardly England's Plan A for a mode of dismissal, having selected Monty Panesar here as a second spinner and also therefore given Ben Stokes a Test debut.

But at 155 for one, the tourists did not care how a wicket came - and when Rogers then followed some turn from Graeme Swann with hands but not feet, to edge behind, Clarke and Steve Smith had to start again without a run between them.

They did so adequately, until Panesar had his say with a delivery that turned from round the wicket to bowl Smith on the back-foot defence with what was therefore the last ball of the session.

Stuart Broad had seen off the dangerous David Warner during a rain-shortened morning.

Warner was in the mood to try to take this game away from England quickly, but got no further than the eighth over.

The combative opener's intention was clearly to dominate, in an attempt to keep the Ashes momentum with the hosts after their landslide victory at the Gabba.

A crunching off-driven four and one off the back foot over point off Broad were among his four boundaries as he scored 25 of the first 26 runs in company with Rogers.

But Warner's determination to attack brought a false and costly shot as he pushed Broad straight into the hands of point.

A third interruption for rain brought an early lunch, and England had to work hard through an extended afternoon session once Watson and Rogers got comfortable.

The nearest the bowlers came to any success for more than two hours was when Panesar spun one past Rogers' forward-defence and on to his front pad. But umpire Kumar Dharmasena turned down the lbw appeal, and DRS ruled umpire's call to spare the left-hander of 27.

Panesar exerted some control, but after two maidens was planted back over his head for a straight six by Watson, and Swann did not threaten on a slow pitch initially offering spin no more help than seam.

Rogers completed his 50 with a cut off Broad for his eighth four from the 135th ball he faced, and soon afterwards Watson reached the same landmark from 109 deliveries. Yet each paid for an unexpected mistake before tea.

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