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Ashes 2013/14: Michael Carberry drop takes shine off England's decent day
Alastair Cook shows there's no more 'Mr Nice Guy' with tough team talk...
Last Updated: 05/12/13 11:41am
Australia, who won the toss, looked in control at 155-1 but three wickets before tea brought the tourists right back into the game before Michael Clarke (48no) and George Bailey (53) helped their side to 273-5 at stumps.
However England were left to rue three missed opportunities - the recalled Monty Panesar putting down Bailey off his own bowling, Joe Root missing a tough Clarke chance at midwicket and Michael Carberry shelling a dolly offered by Brad Haddin at backward point just before the close.
"It was an intriguing day - completely different from Brisbane," said former England captain Hussain. "The 'crash, bang, wallop of Brisbane is no more - we saw plenty of subtle variations from the bowlers and batsmen.
"But after losing the toss - and seeing Australia 155-1 - England will be pleased. It was a really crucial toss for Australia to win and that's why England should hold their heads up high because they've done pretty well to still be in the game at the end of day one.
"England out-caught Australia out here on the last tour. For the first time in a long, long time England caught much better than the opposition and one thing you can't let slip are your standards in the field. England have been pretty good but they missed three chances today.
"One thing is for certain - you don't want to be trying to take 25 wickets to win at Adelaide because taking 20 is hard enough!"
Hussain said that Carberry's drop will haunt him but praised Graeme Swann for a diving effort behind square as Bailey attempted to pull Stuart Broad.
"Michael Carberry will be thinking about that all evening long, I'm afraid," said Hussain. "It was an easy chance. Test cricket is a tough game.
"It's been odd with Carberry. When we've seen him at Hampshire in domestic cricket he's been brilliant in the field but when we've seen him in international cricket, whether it's nerves or whatever, he can be clumsy.
"He dropped a couple of chances in Ireland earlier this summer and he was a bit clumsy in the one-dayers [against Australia], as he was at times today. He's a natural athlete but sometimes his hands don't go in the right place.
"In contrast it was good concentration from Swann because it was late in the day and you are starting to think 'what sort of day have we had, how have I bowled, it's not really going to come to me here at square leg' then suddenly it does.
"It was very good from Broad too; he had the energy. That's the great thing about having Monty in your side and the fifth bowler in Stokes; it means Broad has that energy to come in hard at the end of the day and go at people with some short stuff."
Hussain pinpointed a team-talk from England skipper Alastair Cook mid-way through the afternoon session as a pivotal moment in the day.
Australia had reached 137-1 off 47.0 overs with Chris Rogers and Watson on 57 and 48 respectively when Cook called his team into a huddle and appeared to give his team a stiff talking too. Watson was out soon after and Hussain said Cook should take some of the plaudits for that.
"I think Alastair's had a really good day," he insisted. "He will have been part of the selection to pick the two spinners and he has to take credit for that.
"Although he lost the toss England's body language up until those dropped catches later was pretty good.
"I thought he changed the bowlers well - using Panesar against the right-handers and Swann against the left-handers; he quickly changed from one to the other.
"There's no more 'Mr Nice Guy' from Alastair Cook. Today was a case of 'they're 130-1 and that's not good enough - let's do better'."
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