Aus vs Eng: 2nd Test, Ashes 2021-22: Eng crumble at 236 against Starc, Lyon; Aus 282 ahead
England lost their last eight wickets for just 86 runs on Day 3 of Adelaide Test
Brief Scores: Australia 473/9d (Labuschagne 103, Warner 95, Smith 93, Stokes 113/3) and 45 for 1 (Marcus Harris 21*) lead England 236 all-out (Malan 80, Root 62, Starc 37/4) by 282 runs
England started their innings on a precarious position of 17 for 2 today morning after letting Australia score a monumental total of 473 runs yesterday, which included a fabulous century by Marnus Labuschagne and a remarkable knock of 93 runs by Steven Smith.
Joe Root and Dawid Malan steadied the ship for visitors
Skipper Joe Root and Dawid Malan batted positively from the start. Malan pummelled two back-to-back boundaries off speedster Mitchell Starc. Both batters attacked the lone spinner of Australia, Nathan Lyon. By smashing occasional boundaries, Malan completed his 9th half-century in 86 deliveries. His partner Root faced a massive LBW appeal, however, ball-tracking system showed the ball missing stumps, so hosts lost a review.
Joe Root and Dawid Malan put up a partnership of 138 runs
Both battered brought up their 100-run partnership in the meantime. Also, Root completed his 52nd test half-century in 91 deliveries. England played till dinner break without losing any wicket. After dinner break both batters tried to gather quick runs, however, Root poked at an away-swinging delivery bowled by Cameron Green, which took a fine edge off the bat and went in the hands of first slip Steven Smith. Next batter Ben Stokes never looked in form in the whole series. He struggled but managed to stick on the pitch.
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Visitors suffered batting collapse
Malan slashed an outside off-stump delivery bowled by Starc, which took the edge of the bat and flew towards first slip where Smith completed the formalities. Malan made 80 runs off 157 balls with the help of 157 deliveries. The two wickets of Root and Malan started the batting collapse of England.
The next batter, Ollie Pope got caught by Marnus Labuschagne at short leg on the score of 5. Wicketkeeper batter Jos Buttler got out on duck off Starc. This batting collapse undid all the hard work done by Root and Malan in the morning for the visitors.
England folded on a total of 236 runs, Mitchell Starc picked four
All-rounder Chris Woakes came out to bat and start hammering bowlers from the start. Ben Stokes and Woakes remained unbeaten till the end of the second session. After the Tea break, spinner Nathan Lyon bowled out Woakes on the score of 24.
Also, England lost the wickets of Ollie Robinson, Stokes and Stuart Broad in quick succession and folded up on a total of 236. In this way, visitors conceded a huge lead of 237 runs to hosts in the second Test of Ashes. In the England innings, Starc bagged four wickets and Lyon picked three.
Australia did not give follow on, ended day on 45/1
Australian openers, David Warner and Marcus Harris, collected runs in boundaries in early overs. However, Warner got run out due to weak running between the wickets on the score of 13.
Australia ended the day on 45/1.
What Lies Ahead for both teams?
England looks in trouble in this Test too like the previous game at Brisbane as they have conceded a huge lead of 282 runs to hosts. Australia have 9 wickets remaining to put up a humongous target of around 450-500 runs in front of England tomorrow before the Tea break.
England need a magical bowling spell from their bowlers tomorrow to wrap up Australia on a low score.
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