Oh dear, after an explosive finish to England's innings the first test took on a depressingly familiar feel as our bowlers failed to get anything out of a Cardiff pitch that was supposed aid our spinners. Australia set about accumulating a big total at a steady pace, and both Ponting and Katich made centuries before the close. 249-1.
I was a little worried yesterday when a lot of our batsmen lost their wickets to fairly soft balls, and the Australians showed that if you didn't hang your bat out and make half hearted pokes at wider balls then you could easily get a decent score.
Third day then, and we really do need some early success to stop Australia running up a huge first innings total.