Khawaja satisfied with Australia's progress in Adelaide


Usman Khawaja was happy with Australia's progress on a closely fought first day of the second Ashes Test against England.

Australia battled their way to 209-4 at the close of play as the old rivals contested a day-night Test for the first time.

In remarkable statistical symmetry, Khawaja and David Warner looked well set in a 53-run union until Warner nicked off and the number three also added 53 alongside captain Steve Smith until he was caught at slip when on 53.

Peter Handscomb (36 not out) and Shaun Marsh (20 not out) will resume against the new ball on Sunday and Khawaja hopes to have laid the platform for a big score.

"Pretty good I think, four for 200," Khawaja told BT Sport. "I think it'll be a big first session for us tomorrow.

"If these guys can keep going and set up that nice total first innings, it'll go a long way to winning this game.

"The pink ball's always tricky in situations here. It's a bit slow, it's a bit two-paced but that might change as the game goes on, as the wicket gets a bit drier and a bit harder. It was classic first-day pink ball..."

A centurion on this ground in last year's day-night test with South Africa, Khawaja dispelled doubts over his technique against off-spin by attacking Moeen Ali well, but he fell just four deliveries into the final session of the day.

"I didn't want to make a big score from ball one, it was disappointing to get out when I did - straight after the break," he said.

"We were in a really good spot, Steve was quite disappointed to get out when he did too. We both made starts, that's just cricket, hopefully next innings."