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Clarke managed to end the day on 48 not out after being dropped on 18
Both England and Australia remain deadlocked at the end of the first day of the second Test in Adelaide.
Neither team have an advantage heading into day two as England’s bowlers fought hard to restrict Australia’s batsmen to decent scores.
Australia’s batting trio of Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and George Bailey all deserve credit for scoring half-centuries on a rain-riddled day.
England skipper Alastair Cook decided to include spinner Monty Panesar and all-rounder Ben Stokes, who will be making his Test debut, in the squad.
This means that there was no place in the side for pace bowler Tim Bresnan, who was earmarked to make his Test return today.
Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch that looked to be a batsman’s dream.
Unbelievably after just one over, the players were off the pitch and back in the pavilion due to a heavy rain shower.
After a ten-minute delay, the players were back out on the pitch.
Clarke’s decision to bat first backfired as opening batsman David Warner got off to a flying start before hitting a delivery from Stuart Broad straight to Michael Carberry at point to be dismissed for 29.
Just a short while after dismissing Warner, the rain returned and the players were forced to head back to the pavilion.
After a 20-minute delay, play resumed once again.
However, just four overs later the players were off the ground again.
After an early lunch, Watson and Rogers put Australia in charge with a brilliant 121-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Watson was out caught and bowled by James Anderson for 51 off 119 balls, which included six boundaries and a six.
Rogers was on his way back just five balls later as he was caught behind off the bowling of Graeme Swann for 72.
Rogers’ outstanding innings of 72 came off 167 deliveries and included 11 boundaries.
The addition of Panesar into the line-up paid off as he clean bowled Steven Smith for only six runs.
Following England’s quick strikes, Clarke and Bailey came to the rescue with an excellent 83-run partnership, during which Bailey registered his half-century, before being the victim of a stunning catch by Swann at square leg off the bowling of Broad.
Bailey’s solid knock of 53 came off 93 balls and included four boundaries and three sixes.
Clarke was dropped on 18 by Joe Root and he made England pay for that when he finished on 48 not out at the close of play.
Clarke’s solid innings of 48 came off 99 deliveries and included five boundaries.
Broad was the pick of the England bowlers with two wickets, while Anderson, Swann and Panesar all snapped up one wicket apiece.
Clarke and Brad Haddin, who is currently unbeaten on seven, will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 00:00 GMT