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Second Ashes Test: Day 2

Key moment:

Mitchell Johnson produces a jaffa to blow away Alastair Cook's stump
Mitchell Johnson produces a jaffa to blow away Alastair Cook's stump

England still had faint hopes of dismissing Australia for 400 to 450 when Ben Stokes had Brad Haddin caught behind - or so it seemed while the tourists celebrated. Unfortunately for the debutant, he had actually delivered a (big) no-ball and Haddin was spared, freed to inflict further carnage on the visiting attack. You could see the energy drain out of the English after that as their opponents ran riot and dominated.

Controversial moment: Stokes was subsequently involved in a heated dispute with Haddin, rotund umpire Marais Erasmus having to intervene as Matt Prior joined the sledging party. The day might have begun with a minute's silence in memory of Nelson Mandela, but the verbals never ceased thereafter.

Ball of the day: England's attack was largely toothless on the Adelaide track, whereas Mitchell Johnson produced a wonderful delivery which bowled Alastair Cook neck and crop. England can expect plenty more of these fizz bombs from Johnson & co in the coming days.

Shot of the day: Where do you start? If you like brute force, Haddin's slog sweep off Monty Panesar which crashed into the hoardings for six had a terrible beauty. Equally, if you are more of a style habitue, Michael Clarke's sumptuous on-drive off James Anderson was played with near-contemptuous ease.

Man of the day: Clarke went after Panesar from the very first ball and set the tone for his compatriots with another masterful century at the ground where his record is better than anybody else in history. Australian broadcasters are fixated on how the captain allegedly is unfit. If he is, he is doing a damned good job of disguising it!

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