Carberry failed catch could prove costly

Michael Carberry reacts after missing a catch during day one of the second Test
Michael Carberry reacts after missing a catch during day one of the second Test
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Michael Carberry will be hoping his late dropped catch will not be too costly after England showed their character to fight back on day one of the second Test against Australia in Adelaide.

The Hampshire batsman failed to pouch an easy chance from the bowling of the recalled Monty Panesar that allowed the dangerous Brad Haddin to stay unbeaten on seven not out to head into the second day as the Aussies closed on 273 for five.

After the mauling in the opening Test, England looked to be in trouble again when the home side won the toss and decided to bat on a flat pitch.

But the bowlers stuck to their task and restricted the Aussies, although skipper Michael Clarke (48 not out) is a key man heading into day two.

Former Hampshire men George Bailey (53) and Shane Watson (51) both hit half-centuries, while Chris Rogers (72) looked on course for a century before Graeme Swann removed him.

Carberry held on to a straightforward chance from Stuart Broad’s bowling to take the first wicket to fall – David Warner – but in a tense opening day, honours were just about even with the visitors showing far more stomach for the fight than they did in Brisbane.