Marnus Labuschagne was given a reprieve twice on Day 1 of 2nd Test. Photograph:( AFP )
After Marcus Harris was dismissed early in the first session (8th over), David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne put up a 172-run stand to stabilise Australia's first innings.
Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne couldn't believe his luck when England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler dropped him on 95 in the closing session of Day 1 of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
In the 85th over, Labuschagne pursued a wide delivery outside off stump from James Anderson but couldn't middle the ball and got a thick edge. The ball landed at a reasonable height for Buttler, but the wicketkeeper dropped a sitter, giving Labuschagne his second reprieve.
Buttler also dropped Labuschagne on 21 in the second session after collecting a superb catch off Stuart Broad's bowling in the eighth over to send opener Marcus Harris packing.
Labuschange vowed not to give England any opportunities on Day 2 after remaining unbeaten on 95 as Australia reached 221 for 2 at stumps after deciding to bat first.
"I don't know how that happened. Probably the last stage was interesting and tested my patience, Buttler dropping that was unbelievable, but my job is to capitalize on that. Tomorrow, no chances," Labuschagne stated after the day's play.
David Warner, who was batting with damaged ribs, fell short of another century by 5 runs, but Labuschagne is on track for his sixth Test century when the Aussie innings resumes with stand-in skipper Steve Smith (18*) and him in the middle.
For the unversed, Warner was also bowled out on 94 in the first innings of last week's series opener in Brisbane.
"Davey (David Warner) was good going about his innings. He was patient, went so many balls without scoring. I feel for him, getting 95, but he'll take that," Labuschagne said.
After Marcus Harris was dismissed early in the first session (8th over), Warner and Labuschagne put up a 172-run stand to stabilise Australia's first innings, before the latter paired up with Smith to add another 45 runs before the day's play ended.