Aussies edge day one in Adelaide

02 December 2017 23:25:54 GMTPlus11

Usman Khawaja's half century helped Australia to 209-4 on a rain-interrupted day one of the second Ashes Test against England in Adelaide.

England captain Joe Root won the toss and opted to field in the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval no doubt believing the overcast conditions would assist his bowlers.

And while the tourists controlled the Baggy Greens' scoring, they only managed to take four wickets as David Warner's 47 and captain Steve Smith's 40 added to Khawaja's knock of 53.

We're pretty happy. We'd have liked a few more wickets. There's still a bit of work to do tomorrow morning.

Craig Overton

The highlight for England was when debutant Craig Overton bowled Smith to claim his first Test wicket, while removing a big threat for the hosts.

Afterwards, Overton highlighted the need to get some early wickets on Sunday with day two's action set to start half an hour earlier to make up for the nine overs which were lost to the rain.

He said: "We had a chat before the start of play and Root thought we should bowl, and all the bowlers were behind him. I felt I was a little bit off at first but to get that wicket at the end of the day was really good."

Overton added: "We're pretty happy. We'd have liked a few more wickets. There's still a bit of work to do tomorrow morning.

"It's a little bit slow. It might nip a little bit more under lights but they all seem to be a bit on the slow side over here. I don't know if that's a plan or if we're just not finding the pace they are."

Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh will resume with the bat for Australia on 36 and 20 not out respectively when play begins on Sunday.

The hosts now 2.00 to win the second Test and take a 2-0 lead, while England are priced at 2.00 to win and level the series and the draw is available at 2.00.

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