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Clark picks two prized scalps in second Test

Medium-pacer Clark packs off openers Strauss and Cook inside his first impressive six overs against England in the second Ashes Test.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 20:24 IST

Stuart Clark is expecting to bowl more overs on Saturday after Australian skipper Ricky Ponting surprisingly restricted him to just two overs after tea in the second Ashes Test despite claiming two big England wickets in the morning session.

Medium-pacer Clark followed up his seven wickets in Brisbane with the scalps of openers Andrew Strauss (14) and Alastair Cook (27) inside his first impressive six overs in the morning session.

Strauss continued his poor series after Gabba scores of 12 and 11 when he miscued a leading edge to a diving Damien Martyn at mid-on and then had Cook caught behind by Adam Gilchrist.

But Clark only bowled two overs after tea and finished with 2-25 off 15 overs.

"It's always disappointing when you don't bowl overs, you can't get them out standing at fine leg and it's very boring out there sometimes," Clark admitted.

"Ricky went down a different path, he had a few ideas in mind and I'm sure I'll get my turn tomorrow."

Ponting delayed taking the second new ball until the 85th over nearing stumps, preferring to stick with leg-spinner Shane Warne (0-51) and part-time spinner Michael Clarke (0-27) while Clark cooled his heels in the outfield.

"We kept it tight and they probably got away from us in the final session, but if we get two wickets early tomorrow and get them 5-270 then we're right back in the game again and almost on top," he said.

"We sensed that in the second innings in Brisbane and today England came out and showed that they are a very good team and make sure that what happened in the first innings in Brisbane (bowled out for 157) doesn't happen again."

Adelaide Oval is traditional a batsman's paradise on the opening days and Clark sees more tough work ahead for the Australian bowlers on Saturday's second day with England 266 for three.

Paul Collingwood followed on from his 96 in Brisbane to be unbeaten on 98 and Kevin Pietersen was on 60, after captain Andrew Flintoff won the toss.

The pair rattled an unbroken 108 runs for the fourth wicket in just 115 minutes.

"It's more like a day two wicket rather than a day one wicket, so I can only imagine it's going to get flatter and probably break up for spin," he said.

"It was always going to be hard work today. If we won the toss we would have batted as well so the game will come down to us bowling well tomorrow and batting well for a couple of days and seeing how the pitch deteriorates and what's on offer."