Shamik Das

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The redemption

Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood celebrate mid-innings with Shane Warne helpless

Adelaide, Second Test, Second Day: Australia 28/1 v England 551/6 dec. (Collingwood 206, Pietersen 158, Bell 60; Clark 3-75)

England gave the Aussies a taste of their own medicine with a near faultless display of Test match cricket, amassing in excess of 550 runs before reducing the hosts to 28 for 1 at the close.

Paul Collingwood was the hero for England, becoming only the third Englishman to score a double-century down under, following in the footsteps of the great Wally Hammond - who struck three Ashes double-hundreds - and Reginald Foster.

Collingwood's 206 was the tenth occasion an England batsman had exceeded 200 in an Ashes Test and the first in Australia for 70 years.

Kevin Pietersen also scored heavily before eventually running himself out for 158 - amazingly the third time he's been dismissed on 158 - sharing a record fourth wicket stand of 310 with Collingwood.

Andrew Flintoff ends a perfect day for the holders with the wicket of Justin Langer for just four runs

To compound a miserable day for the boys in baggy green Justin Langer found himself dismissed late on to leave his team 523 runs in arrears and facing an uphill task to maintain their series lead.

And what of Shane Warne and Glen McGrath? Warney wound up with figures of 23-9-167-1, his worst Test analysis, while "Pigeon" conceded 107 runs without reward - the first time in his career he's gone for a ton with zero in the wickets column.

Catch the second day's highlights tonight on BBC Two at 11:00pm, and listen to live coverage of day two on Radio 4 198LW and the
BBC Sport website from 12:30am.


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