England showed signs of fight back on Day 1 of their second Ashes Test against Australia reaching 266 for 3 at close of play in Adelaide on Friday.
A patient unbeaten 98 from Paul Collingwood helped England rebound from last week’s heavy loss in Brisbane to make a bright start to their Ashes revival.
Three English batsmen made half-centuries on the opening day as the tourists reached a respectable total after winning the toss and electing to bat on one of the friendliest batting pitches in Australia.
Collingwood,who had scored 96 in the second innings of the Brisbane Test continued his good form with an unbeaten 98,which was spread over four and a half hours while Kevin Pietersen remained 60 not out after making 92 in the first Test.
Ian Bell too notched up his second half-century of the series with a defiant 60 to shape up the England innings after openers Andrew Strauss and Allistair Cook departed cheaply before lunch.
Strauss went for 14 when he miscued an attempted flick off Stuart Clark and spooned the ball straight to Damien Martyn at mid-on, who took the catch diving forward.
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Clark also got rid of Cook for 27 when the left-handed batsmen tried to drive a ball that was angled across his body and got a faint edge to wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist.
Earlier,England looked in trouble at 45 for 2 but Bell and Collingwood came to rescue with a third-wicket partnership of 113.The pair took the total to 58 for two by lunch and batted watchfully through the entire middle session, both reaching their fifties with singles off Shane Warne in the last over before tea.
Bell threw his wicket away shortly after tea when he skied an attempted hook off express paceman Brett Lee, who safely took the catch, but not before he had helped lay the platform for a respectable total.
Pietersen was easily the most aggressive of the English batsmen, smashing five fours and a six, reaching his half-century off 69 balls.