Australia dominate in second Ashes Test
By Robert Smith ,AFP
December 7, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
ADELAIDE, Australia -- Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin plundered centuries before a firebrand Mitchell Johnson blasted out England captain Alastair Cook to leave the tourists reeling in the second Ashes Test on Friday.
Skipper Clarke claimed his third century in five Ashes Tests and his 26th overall, while vice-captain Haddin smashed four sixes in his fourth Test ton to help the home side declare at 570 for nine.
Johnson, hurling down 150 kph thunderbolts, knocked over Cook for three in his second over to ram home Australia's advantage.
By the close of the second day, the tourists were hanging on against a hostile Australian attack at 35 for one with Michael Carberry on 20 and Joe Root, who took one on the chest from Johnson, not out nine.
“It was very important that we batted deep in this first innings and to get 550 on the board and that ball that got Cook was a cracker, it swung late,” Haddin said.
It was very much Australia's day as Clarke and Haddin put on 200 runs — the highest sixth-wicket stand in all Tests in Adelaide, eclipsing the 191 shared by Imran Khan and Wasim Akram for Pakistan in 1990.
Clarke continued his love affair with the Adelaide Oval with his sixth century in nine Tests at the famous ground, while Haddin brought up his third Ashes hundred.
Clarke, dropped by Ian Bell at short leg on 91, played the captain's knock while Haddin chanced his luck to bring up his third consecutive score over 50 in the series.
Johnson, the man-of-the-match with nine wickets in Australia's huge 381-run win in the first Gabba Test, put the icing on the cake with the psychological wicket of Cook, who scored 148 in England's innings win in Adelaide three years ago.
Cook was beaten by Johnson's sheer pace with his off-stump knocked back by a beautiful swinging delivery to a huge roar from the 35,000 Adelaide crowd.