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Welcome to our live report of the second day of the Australia verses India Test series from Adelaide. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here
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2.10pm: Australia’s bowling class
Moody: Cummins’ relentlessness was second to none
1.35pm: Covid concerns
Cricket Australia is on alert after the Covid-19 cluster in Sydney’s northern beaches continued to grow. Border restrictions around Australia are being tightened although, as yet, there’s no direct impact on the series. However, the prospects for the SCG Test do not look great. Dan has this update:
Victoria’s state government has announced a permit system for NSW visitors to the south, while at the same time advising their own residents not to visit Sydney for the time being.
This much is vital for the injured David Warner who remains in Sydney with his family while he recovers from a groin strain with a view to playing in Melbourne on Boxing Day. CA is understood to have remained in constant dialogue with the Melbourne Cricket Club around ensuring a pitch is ready for playing back-to-back Tests at the MCG in the event of Sydney’s outbreak growing further.
1.30pm: Catch up
It was a terrific start to the Test series with a closely fought opening day as Australia held the honours at the close thanks to incisions under the lights with the new ball (and that run out between Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli). However, if India can get themselves to 300 they will feel in the game as this surface has a bit in it for the quicks and the spinners.
Here’s Dan Brettig on how Australia were rewarded for keeping the game under control when wickets weren’t coming.
“You never know, we can get to 350 also.” – Pujara
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 18, 2020
Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo