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Friday, November 12, 2010

England thrive in English style conditions

England XI 8/288 dec & 0/94 (23.0 ov, A Strauss 56*) lead South Australia 221 (67.4 ov, G Swann 4/68) by 161 runs with 10 2nd inns wickets in hand: Tour match D2/3 at Adelaide Oval

Yesterday's heat persisted overnight (the temperature stayed in the high 20s) but in the early hours of the morning gave way to cooler weather and rain which persisted throughout the day, delaying the start and interrupting play later. In these conditions so redolent of home England secured the upper hand by chipping away at the modest South Australian batting and then building on the first innings lead to be in a position where they can decide how to play the final day.

Batting practice or sporting declaration? That is the question for Day 3.


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