Australia are on the brink of a huge victory thanks to a strong showing on the 4th day of the Adelaide Test. Australia's declaration, first thing in the morning ensured that England had to either chase down a mammoth 500 plus score or bat out the next six sessions. Neither of which seems possible now, with the top six of the English line up, back in the pavilion. Matt Prior and Stuart Broad are holding fort, trying to delay the inevitable by a day.
The possibility of showers and an impending Australian victory kicked off the 4th day of the 2nd Ashes test match being played at the Adelaide Oval, here on Sunday. With just ten minutes to go for the start of the day’s play, Michael Clarke declared the Australian innings at the overnight score of 132/3. This declaration not only meant that David Warner would miss out on a probable century but also ensured that England faced the most daunting task of batting out the two remainder days to salvage a draw and save themselves from a second consecutive defeat.
The man responsible for England’s 1st innings collapse, Mitchell Johnson was promptly handed the bowling responsibilities in the second over of the day and he produced instant results. The English skipper, Alistair Cook, while batting on 1, attempted a pull off a short & fast delivery from Johnson; the extra pace got the top edge and took the ball safely into the hands of the fielder at long-leg. Cook’s wicket, in just the second over of the morning seemed to give a psychological edge to the Australians, while the Poms geared up for a long hard day in the middle. But what happened after that was beyond anyone’s imagination, as in the twelfth over, with just 20 runs on the board, Michael Carberry tried pulling a Peter Siddle delivery and instead helped it along to Nathan Lyon, who took a low catch at long-leg. That delivery wasn’t as quick enough as Johnson’s was (that got rid of Cook), and seemed to be anything but a wicket-taking one. England entered into lunch on Day 4 with the scoreboard reading 26/2.