Day 1 10:25am | It is with heavy hearts that we arrive at the Adelaide Oval for the opening Test Match of the summer.
What was meant to be the second Test is the first, following the tragic passing of the 408th Australian Test Player, Phillip Joel Hughes.
So tragic was his passing, that the majority of our summer has been shuffled to allow Michael Clarke and his men to grieve, reflect and farewell their mate, before returning their attention to this Test Match, and series against a team that they defeated 4-0 the last time they were in Australia.
Hello everyone. Welcome to Adelaide, for the first test match in the Commonwealth Bank Series between Australia and India.
Captains will be with us soon for the toss, but before we get there, let’s remind you of the restructured schedule, in the wake of the tragedy that occurred a fortnight ago.
1st Test | Tuesday December 9-Saturday December 13 | Adelaide Oval
2nd Test | Wednesday December 17-Sunday December 21 | GABBA
3rd Test | Friday December 26-Tuesday December 30 | MCG
4th Test | Tuesday January 6-Saturday January 10 | SCG
A very healthy crowd here at the Adelaide Oval for a Test Match that’s beginning on a Tuesday.
10:30am | Michael Clarke has WON the toss, and Australia will BAT first.
10:35am | Let’s have a look at the Two Teams
Some new players to Australian viewers in that Indian team, and a relatively unchanged Australian squad from the one that won the Ashes here last summer.
So, the news is that the Australians have won the toss, and will bat first.
We’ll see you for LIVE play from 11am AEDST
10:45am | Players and Umpires are now in the centre of the Adelaide Oval for the Anthems, and a very special tribute to Phillip Hughes, voiced by the doyen of Cricket commentators, Richie Benaud.
11am | After a long wait, the Cricket, the battle between bat and ball is about to begin.
We’re saying farewell to Phillip Hughes in the way that he would’ve wanted… We’ve said our goodbyes, and so the return to some form of normality begins.
Players and Umpires are making their way to the centre. Michael Clarke won the toss, and said that Australia will bat first, on a glorious day in Adelaide.
It’s a great pitch, that the Adelaide team have worked very hard on, to prepare it in time for this match, three days ahead of the original date of the test.
From the sadness, the darkness of the last fortnight, Chris Rogers and David Warner have entered the arena, and will open the batting for Australia, and they’ll be facing Mohammed Shami, who has the new ball in hand.
Waiting for us in the Commentary Box are Michael Hussey, Mark Taylor and Ian Healy!
11:35am | Australia 0/45 (6) | David Warner 37* (26) | Chris Rogers 5* (12)
We’ve only had 6 overs, but already, Australia are firing at 0/45… David Warner has dominated the strike, and shot out of the blocks… he has 37 already, and if he can keep going at this pace, a hundred in this session is a distinct possibility!
6 overs gone. The over rate is very slow this morning, and the BIG news that we should point out, is that there is NO DRS in this series, as India, unlike the rest of the world, oppose it.
Change in the Commentary Box, Ian Chappell is in for the first time this summer, along with Shane Warne and Michael Slater!
11:43am | GOT HIM!!! THE FIRST WICKET FALLS…
Ishant Sharma gets Rogers slashing at one outside the off-stump, and it goes straight to second slip!
Rogers | c Dhawan, b Sharma | 9 (22) | FOW 1/50 (7.5)
India are starting to hit their stride. The last few overs have been much better.
Shane Watson is the new man in, at the end of the 8th!
12:01pm | DRINKS | Australia 1/64 (11) | Warner 42 (34), Watson 9 (12)
It’s Drinks in Adelaide, and Australia have had the better of that opening session, but the last 6 overs have only gone for 19 runs, and India have the wicket of Chris Rogers as well.
The run-rate has fallen below 6 for the first time since the 2nd over, and again, the over rate is terribly slow.
Change in the Commentary Box, James Brayshaw and Brett Lee are with Mark Taylor!
12:18pm | Australia 1/79 (14.2) | David Warner 50* (45) | Shane Watson 13* (21)
GOT IT! Pull shot down the leg-side for four, and that’s fifty to this powerful cricketer!
Warner gets the first milestone of the Test Series.
12:35pm | Australia 1/88 (18) | David Warner 61* (58) | Shane Watson 14* (31)
Another solid half-hour for the Aussies. India are fighting hard, and have done a very good job in keeping the runs down, although the danger man remains in the centre, as Shane Warne, Ian Healy and Mark Nicholas take up commentary!
12:37pm | GOOD CATCH… GOT HIM, AND BEFORE HE GETS SETTLED, SHANE WATSON MUST GO… IT’S 2/88.
Watson | c Dhawan, b Aaron | 14 (33) | FOW 2/88 (18.3)
Michael Clarke is the new man in… he’s held this team together over the last fortnight, and he’s held the attention of the nation, too… the captain gets a standing ovation as he makes his way to the middle.
1:03pm | LUNCH | Australia 2/113 (24) | David Warner 77* (73) | Michael Clarke 9* (18)
We’ve had a brilliant morning of Test Cricket here in Adelaide, dominated by David Warner and the tributes to Phillip Hughes, and while Ishant Sharma has steadied the ship, David Warner has played about as well as you could expect… Sharma has 1/17 in 8, but Warner has 77 from 73 at lunch, and his work is far from done, just like Michael Clarke, who’s started well, but in many respects, is still settling in…
We’ve got 66 overs left in the days play… we will be going all the way through til 6:30pm AEDST, using that extra half-hour that’s available to us at the end of the last session, if the allotted 90 overs aren’t bowled by 6pm AEDST.
More for you from the Adelaide Oval at 1:40pm AEDST!
1:40pm | Hello again from the Adelaide Oval… It’s been a very touching morning here, especially when David Warner made it to 63*
He and Michael Clarke will resume after lunch… 2/113 the Aussies after 24 overs… the job well and truly started, but now they go about finishing it off, whereas India will look to fight back.
In the Commentary Box, Michael Hussey, Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor!
2:15pm | Australia 2/144 (31) | David Warner 84* (87) | Michael Clarke 31* (46)
A very solid start for the Australians after lunch, with 31 runs coming from just 7 overs, and Michael Clarke is starting to hit his stride.
Change in the Commentary Box, James Brayshaw, Michael Slater and Ian Healy take over!
2:40pm | Australia 2/171 (37) | David Warner 100* (106) | Michael Clarke 41* (63)
GOT IT… GOT IT… DAVID WARNER HAS HIS TENTH TEST MATCH HUNDRED, AND NONE WILL MEAN AS MUCH TO HIM AS THIS ONE… HE LOOKS TO THE SKIES, SALUTES HIS MATE, AND WILL NOW LOOK TO GET ON WITH THE JOB.
TAKE A BOW, DAVID WARNER… THAT WAS SOMETHING VERY, VERY SPECIAL IN THE HISTORY OF TEST MATCH CRICKET!
It’s DRINKS! That means a change in Commentary. Brett Lee and Mark Taylor are with Mark Nicholas!
2:50pm | Now, Michael Clarke has FIFTY too… a timely 50 for the captain. it’s 2/182.
3:10pm | OH NO!!! Michael Clarke is down, and injured again… he goes off the field, retired hurt… on 60 (84).
What rotten luck for the Australian Captain… Steve Smith will take his place in the centre!
It’s 2/206 after 43.2 overs.
3:15pm | 44 overs gone… David Warner going along nicely… change in the commentary box, to take you through to Tea, it’ll be Shane Warne, Michael Hussey and Michael Slater!
3:40pm | TEA – Australia 2/238 (50) | David Warner 131* (140) | Steven Smith 17* (23)
Again, Australia dominate the session. They’ve won both of them today, and the little left-handed opener is stealing the show, but our thoughts are with Michael Clarke as we wait for an update on his condition!
India didn’t get a wicket in that session, and they’ve got 40 overs, or 150 minutes, whichever comes first, to try and get themselves back in this contest, as the Australians are very quickly batting them out of it!
4pm | We’ve got 40 overs left in the days play. There’s no doubt that we won’t get through them all, but we’re going to go right through until 6:30pm AEDST, and get as much cricket as we can in before the close of play… We’ll be with you the whole way.
David Warner and Steve Smith have returned to the centre, and waiting for us in the Commentary Box are Ian Chappell, James Brayshaw and Ian Healy.
4:18pm | WICKET… BREAKTHROUGH FOR INDIA, AND HEARTBREAK FOR DAVID WARNER!
Warner | c I. Sharma, b K. Sharma | 145 (163) | FOW 3/258 (56.2)
What an outstanding Innings from the opener… one we won’t forget for a long time.
Mitchell Marsh joins Steve Smith.
4:34pm | India have managed to bowl 12 overs in 34 minutes here, which is great in terms of getting back on track with the over rate, and also with slowing the Australians down… the run-rate just slightly dropping over the last half-hour.
28 to go in the day… around 116 minutes… it’s more likely that’ll we’ll get through the 90 due to some quick fire overs to start this session.
Change in the Commentary Box, in come Shane Warne, Mark Nicholas and Mark Taylor to tell you all about it!
5pm | Australia 3/296 (68) | Mitchell Marsh 20 (35) | Steven Smith 41 (73)
38 runs these two have put on… 22 overs left in the days play, and nearly 300 on the board, as Michael Clarke heads off to have scans on his back.
In the Commentary Box now come Michael Slater, Brett Lee and James Brayshaw!
5:30pm | FIFTY for Steve Smith…
The youngster, like Clarke and Warner before him, looks to the skies to salute Phil Hughes.
Awesome performance today from the Australians, and we only have 14 overs left in the days play.
6:04pm | GONE! MITCHELL MARSH HAS TO GO!
WE’RE INSIDE 6 OVERS LEFT IN THE DAY, AND MITCHELL MARSH HAS EDGED ONE TO FOURTH SLIP!
Marsh | c Kohli, b Aaron | 41 (87) | FOW 4/345 (84.2)
Nathan Lyon has been promoted… he’ll play night watchman.
We’re past 6pm, but for our viewers in NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS and SA, the news will follow the Cricket.
In the Commentary Box for you now are Shane Warne, James Brayshaw and Michael Slater.
6:19pm | BOWLED HIM!
The night watchman is GONE!
It was an interesting decision to have one with 34 balls left in the day, and it has backfired.
Lyon | b Shami | 3 (14) | FOW 5/352 (87.3)
Brad Haddin now takes guard.
6:27pm | GOT HIM… HADDIN GOES FOR A DUCK… INDIA ARE STRIKING BACK BIG TIME AT THE END OF THE DAY, AND THEY’RE RIGHT IN IT NOW!
They’ve had the better of the last session, and that’s STUMPS!
Haddin | c Saha, b Mohammed Shami | 0 (5) | FOW 6/354 (89.2)
So, what a day we’ve had here in Adelaide… It started with a touching tribute to Phillip Hughes, then David Warner reached the mark of 63, and carried on for one of the more memorable moments in the history of the game.
It hit a sour note when Michael Clarke walked from the field with a back injury on 60, but they carried on, and even though India had the better final session, Australia finish Day 1 on top.
6/354, possibly 7 if Michael Clarke can’t resume his Innings, and we’ll come back tomorrow, with India looking to get those final wickets very quickly.
We’ll see you from 10am, play from 11am AEDST… For now, from Adelaide, it’s goodnight!