Test Cricket is called the ultimate test as players and teams need to play well consistently for five days. In the 2nd day of Ashes third Test, English team would be remembering the same. They wasted thir first day’s performance. Austrlia gets back into the game on 2nd Test match of the ongoing Ashes 2017-18. England dominated the first day’s play; however, Australian bowling attack pulled the game back. England went from 368-4 to 403 all out.
English batting collapses
Both Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow started the proceedings for England on 2nd day of Ashes third Test. None of them gave any chance to Australian attack. Jonny Bairstow soon completed his century in the 101st over of the inning when when he pulled Mitchell Marsh for a single. It looked like that England will get a huge first inning score. Australian spinner Nathan Lyon got the break-through for them as Dawid Malan was caught by substitue fielder Peter Handscomb. He scored 140 runs from 227 balls and scoreboard showed 368-5. Here on Australia didn’t give any more chance to England and one by one all English batsmen were out. Jonny Bairstow made 119 from 215 balls. No other batsmen in the loswer order could do much and England was packed for 403.
Mitchell Starc leads the charge for Australia
Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets for 91 runs. Josh Hazlewood sent back 3 English batsmen. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon took 2 and 1 wicket respectively.Mitcchell Marsh could not get any wicket.
Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja steers the Australian batting
Australia started with Cameron Bancroft and David Warner. Both played catiously and took score to 44 runs. At this score David Warner was out Jonny Bairstow took his catch on bowling of Craig Overton. Warner scored 22 runs from 36 balls. Usman Khawaja them came out to bat. At other end Bancroft too departed soon after scoring 25 from 55 balls. Australia was now 55-2 when skipper Steven Smith came out to crease. He and Khawaja played good Cricket as Australia crossed 150 runs. Khawaja scored his fifty in 51st over of the Australian inning. He was out in the next over Chris Woakes trapped him in front of wicket. He scored 50 from 123 balls.
At the other end Australian skipper was playing beautifully. He is in prime form and didn’t give any chance to English bowlers. He scored 92 from 122 balls with Shaun Marsh playing at other end. Australia ended the day at 203-3. They are 200 runs behind. Australia will hope that skipper completes his century and continues to score big. Australia will try to build a huge score and put England under pressure.
Craig Overton impresses with 2 wickets
For England Craig Overton took 2 wickets while Chris Woakes took 1 wicket. James Anderson, Stuart Braod and Moeen Ali returned empty handed.
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