Day Night Adelaide Test : Aus vs Eng.2nd Test:Dec 2-6,2017

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    Aus vs Eng, Adelaide
    Starts at 09:00 AM IST (03:30 GMT), Dec 02


    Ashes cricket is littered with controversies and hostilities between two heated adversaries but the sport's longest rivalry has never seen anything quite like this. Since the backend of the first Test, the series has been mired in the "headbutt" saga after it was revealed that England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow used head contact to greet Australian opener Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar earlier in the tour.

    It has sparked a row between the teams - and sparring from the Australian and English media - in what has turned the Ashes into a circus ahead of the historic day-night second Test in Adelaide starting on Saturday (December 2). A confident Australia, buoyant after a decisive series-opening triumph, have promised to continue the verbal barrage, while the embattled England believe the saga will "galvanise" them.

    It all means the scene is set for a particularly acrimonious encounter at the pristine Adelaide Oval, in the first Ashes Test to be played under lights and with a pink ball. After overcoming a sluggish start, Australia clicked into gear in Brisbane and eventually overwhelmed a gritty England to take an early series lead.

    Australia's star-studded attack didn't fire on all cylinders - spearheads Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were somewhat subdued - but their envious firepower was evident. Offspinner Nathan Lyon, showcasing venomous turn and bounce, was Australia's best bowler and ably supported by quick Pat Cummins, who provided a spark when his fellow pacemen were lethargic.

    On an Adelaide Oval pitch under lights, dubbed the quickest in the country by Australian coach Darren Lehmann, Australia's quicks will be relishing the prospects of further terrorising England's embattled batsmen.

    Starc and Hazlewood have menaced previously in day-night Tests with the left-armer sending an ominous warning after a career-best eight-wicket haul with the pink ball at the Adelaide Oval in the Sheffield Shield earlier this season.

    However, it is unlikely to be all one-way traffic with England possessing veteran seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who cracked through Australia's wobbly top-order in the first innings in Brisbane before Steve Smith's heroics changed the Test's course.

    The incomparable duo should relish the conditions and will prove a handful for Australia's batting order, which teetered at 4 for 76 in the first innings. The hosts will be buoyed by the form of debutant Bancroft and veteran Shaun Marsh after the West Australian pair compiled half-centuries in Brisbane.

    However, No.3 Usman Khawaja and No.5 Peter Handscomb missed out in Brisbane and the pressure is on the pair with in-form mercurial allrounders Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh waiting in the wings.

    After an encouraging start, England's maligned batting was eventually exposed in the first Test although the tourists are unlikely to make any changes. They received useful contributions from their Ashes newbies but no one was able to kick on and make a century continuing a bane for England's batsmen.

    In a major concern, veteran opener Alastair Cook is in a form rut after a double failure in Brisbane and looks a shadow of the batsman who plundered Australia seven years ago. There is much pressure on captain Joe Root, who scored a half-century in the second innings in Brisbane but fell lbw twice in the Test. Australia believe they have found a chink in the armour of England's talisman.

    Beyond Anderson and Broad, England's attack was pedestrian and preyed upon by Australia's batsmen. Worryingly for England, key allrounder Moeen Ali has a finger injury, which potentially will restrict his ability to bowl offspin or - worse case - means he's unavailable for Adelaide. Mason Crane, the young legspinner, could make his Test debut in a bid for some much-needed variety for England.

    With so much on the line and with relations between the teams frayed, the second Test is set to produce fireworks.

    When: Saturday, December 2, 2017; 2PM local, 9AM IST

    Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

    What to expect: In a historic first, the Ashes will be played under lights and with a pink ball. Traditionally, the Adelaide Oval pitch has been a bowler's graveyard but low-scoring affairs have highlighted the two previous day-night Tests at the ground.

    The pink ball has moved around menacingly under lights ensuring plenty of wickets and short-finishes (neither match went into the fifth day). The weather has swung wickedly in Adelaide with hot weather followed by heavy rain on Test eve.

    Rain is forecast on the opening day before clearing for the remainder of the Test.

    Team News


    After a convincing first Test victory, Australia will be unchanged in Adelaide. There had been speculation of local quick Chadd Sayers making his debut if one of the quicks pulled up sore after a heavy workload in Brisbane.

    However, Australia's frontline quicks are fit and firing for the historic day-night Ashes Test.

    Australia XI: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood


    England are set to hand Mason Crane a debut Test with concerns lingering over Moeen Ali's ability to bowl offspin due to a finger injury. He is likely to replace allrounder Jake Ball, who struggled in Brisbane after returning from an ankle injury, or an ailed Moeen.

    Probable England XI: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Mason Crane.

    Did you know

    Australia's last defeat at the Adelaide Oval was in 2010 against England. They have won 5 of 6 since, including consecutive day-night affairs. England have lost 4 of their last 5 Tests in Adelaide.
    Steve Smith averages 72 from 27 Tests as captain - the second highest behind Sir Donald Bradman's 102 as skipper.
    In terms of pace tandems, James Anderson and Stuart Broad have 742 wickets together in their 97 Tests, trailing only legendary West Indian duo Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, who chalked up 762 scalps in 95 Tests.

    What they said

    "It's very English outside (in Adelaide). It's forecast to be damp and that should play into our hands," - Joe Root, the England captain.

    "There will still be good pace in the wicket but I think it looks a pretty good wicket," - Steve Smith, the Australian skipper


    England (From): Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow(w), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jake Ball, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Craig Overton, Tom Curran

    Australia (From): Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith(c), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine(w), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers

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  2. Mayank soni

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    Aus after loosing toss scored 200 for 4 on rain hit day

    Warner 47,Smith 40,Khawaja 53,Handscomb 35 not out

    One wicket each by Overton, Anderson,Woakes.
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    Cong Aus as they beat feeble eng