Ashes 2nd Test, Adelaide: Preview

As the first-ever day-night Ashes Test match approaches, fans are waiting to see what the conditions and the new pink ball will bring, which starts at 4am Friday morning.

After England lost the first test at the Gabba, in Brisbane, despite being competitive for the first three days, Adelaide could offer the team a chance to redeem themselves.

The conditions that come with a day-night game should suit England’s bowlers. The pitch-it-up swing bowling is likely to be more effective, especially in the twilight period of the game, compared to a normal Test in Australia.

England traditionally have a poor record at Perth, where the 3rd test takes place, so a loss at Adelaide could give England too much to do.

Following a disappointing second innings in the previous Test match when Root high-scored with 51; England will look to their batting line-up and to the experience of Root and Cook in particular to make big scores.

The Australian media are certainly playing their part, particularly in relation to the the alleged Jonny Bairstow “head-butt,” and could place the spotlight upon the England wicket-keeper.

England won their test match in Adelaide by an innings and 71 runs in the 2010/11 series, and the travelling Barmy Army will be hoping the conditions will work in their favour and produce a similar outcome.

Barmy Army at Adelaide Oval 2006

Sonia Twigg

MA Journalism, Sheffield University
@sonia_255