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Australia v Pakistan: second Test, day one – live!










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Hello from the Adelaide Oval. The grand old girl has got her festive skirts on and is ready for another day-night Test. We had a traditional day game here last year at India’s request, but Adelaide is the new home of the pink ball and will revert to type here. What’s happening in Adelaide? Well, it rained a little bit in the last hour, but that has cleared up. It’s fairly warm and a little bit humid today so it won’t be uncomfortable for a crowd as long the sky juice doesn’t return. Both teams are out in the middlw arming up now, the Pakistanis with big rubber bands doing stretches and the Australians throwing their preferred flavour of football around. Smith has the rugby ball and Little Davey Warner, the walking contradiction, has the Sherrin.

Now the teams have got into their respective circles. Pakistan need to regroup after a thrashing. Australia need to maintain the charge. What’s going on in the Australian group? Applause over there, as though it were a cap presentation. Surely not a blindside Michael Neser debut? We can dream.

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