Almanac Cricket – Australia v Pakistan: Second Test – The Adelaide Blog

“The Cricketer”
by Kate Birrell


Pakistan are licking their wounds, whilst Australia has remembered what top order runs look like. Basically, it is business as usual for Pakistan in Australia, at least on the record of recent tours. Though Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Asad Shafiq all offered resistance at various times, the Pakistan teenage pacemen found the going tough, and the rest of the batting lineup performed modestly at best. Changes are surely afoot for Adelaide, the most probable being the re inclusion of Mohammad Abbas.


Australia, on the other hand, left many of their Ashes tour troubles behind them. A big opening partnership saw David Warner back in comfortable terrain and back in form, while Joe Burns added to the argument he should have made the Ashes tour party all along. Marnus Labuschagne converted his great England form into a career high. Steve Smith wasn’t even needed at all! Bowling-wise, the Aussie quicks were their usual relentless selves, with Mitch Starc showing pleasing signs of returned mojo.


Will the pink ball and nighttime conditions be enough to change the momentum? The visitors will be hoping so.


Tell us what you make of it all, Knackers.


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  1. I would have thought it a good toss to lose given the conditions. Burns gone early. Pakistanis all have their hands in their pockets in the cool conditions. Wickets galore in Hobart!

  2. Daryl Schramm says

    It’s bloody cold. Was contemplating going home at dinner but Lab’chagne (as he appears on the heritage board) and Warner are going well and Smith to follow so will stay a little longer. Huddled in a nook of the stand near aisle 103 at the minute. Will see how long I last.

  3. Daryl Schramm says

    Stayed for as long as I coulld. Lasted untill drinks at 9:25 so missed Language getting a very nice milestone. Can’t say the behaviour and ambience around me was all that nice. One of the problems of a later night.

    Has rained this morning but forecast to clear up so might get a full extended day in, but will need to rug up. Days 3, 4 and 5 will be weather impacted however, so anticipate a declaration at some stage before the long break.

  4. Channel 7 ‘interviews’ Warner’s children – plumbing new depths?

  5. Think what you want to about Warner, think what you want to about the Pakistani bowling line-up, think what you want to about the pitch or the conditions. In the end, you just have to dip your lid to an outstanding innings!

  6. Daryl Schramm says

    Fantastic innings by Warner. His workrate between the wickets for the whole innings was inspirational. Pressure on the fielders at all times. Good declaration. Weather problematic in next two days so need to make early inroads and at 4/84 we might have 6 or 7 by the end of the night. Needed a port to warm up. At $9+ for a few sips it wasn’t good value.

  7. You have to plan for cold at the Adelaide test match. different when it was on Australia Day. Layer up and take a beanie

  8. Wonderful innings from Warner. Hopefully his usual knockers in the Advertiser letters to the editor will go away.
    The next burning question is will Paine be in a position to force a follow on and, if so, should he?

  9. Daryl Schramm says

    Interesting decision to follow on. Quick wickets this morning would have seen it occur. Pakistan batting so late also created an opportunity to do same and cause damage tonight if rain holds off. Had we bowled them out just before or after the first break we may well have batted. The night conditions may well again impact on the margin.

    Babar batted beautifully. Yasir suceeding with the bat at 8 was entertaining.

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