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Ashes: Justin Langer's key moments

By Justin Langer
Australia batting/leadership coach

The beauty of Test cricket, regardless of how many games you have played or watched, is that you never know what is going to happen.

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Michael Clarke slopes back to the pavilion after making just two

Before the Ashes series started I talked about the difficulty of predicting the outcome, because of the unpredictability of the game. Friday was no exception.

Three wickets fell for two runs on an Adelaide pitch which is rated as one of the best batting surfaces in the world. It was mind-blowing.

Simon Katich was run out without facing a ball - it's a cardinal sin to get out in this fashion in a Test match. And then Ricky Ponting fell first ball in his 150th Test match. It was impossible to surmise.

Leading into the game I would have bet a lot of money on Ricky scoring heavily in this milestone match. His preparation was world class and his hunger apparent by his body language, and yet he was out for a golden duck. Go figure.

Then it was Michael Clarke's turn to surprise. He had also hit thousands of balls in his preparation and looked primed to have an impact. Two runs later he too was heading back to the pavilion.

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England's bowlers were once again disciplined and their body language in the field made them look like bees buzzing around a honey pot. They certainly looked up from ball one and continued their intensity right to the end of a hot and humid Adelaide day.

Despite another wonderful innings from Michael Hussey, England certainly hold the ascendancy in this game.

That said, Saturday cannot come quickly enough as the new day offers up another opportunity for another intriguing day of Test match cricket.

From Adelaide, JL


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