Thursday, December 8, 2022



Wickets tumble but Aussies retain upper hand- Playon99 News



In the Ashes Test, 17 wickets were taken in three seasons, which is the highest in twenty years. Australia has given a 152-run lead by limping the stumps and it may be better to extend that lead in the morning to know the conditions.

For the second time in as many days, Australia’s top order faltered against the new pink ball-equipped England pacers, as the hosts drew 3-33 with David Warner (0), Usman Khawaja (5), and Marnus Labuschagne (5), fell off in an entertaining final season.

While century-scorer Travis Head came to the rescue on Friday, tonight Scott Boland played the night watchman in his third Test and stopped a barrage from England’s fastest bowler Mark Wood to eliminate it. 17 wickets fell on the second day to add 287 runs in 82 overs, which represents the busiest day of Ashes cricket in Australia as 18 wickets fell for 341 on the epic. With Steve Smith unbeaten on 17, the Australian side will resume after 3-37 tomorrow and knowledge of any target above 250 should prove challenging for England’s batsmen, who blasted once again today.

It will be an even tougher task if Australia survives the final season, a thankless assignment with batting against the new ball under the lights as Warner and his fellow top-order teammates found out tonight. It was Warner’s dismissal in tonight first over that set the tone for the session.

Warner’s wicket has been claimed by Broad 14 times in 26 Tests and this was the opener’s second pair of zeros. His famous career was the Ashes Test at Old Trafford in 2019, when Broad dismissed him in both the innings.

England should have been happy with their fighting style in today’s opening session when they bundled out their first innings for 303 runs, adding 62 runs for Australia’s last four wickets. This first hour would have been even more difficult if not for Nathan Lyon’s amusing cameo, in which he delivered a believable impersonation of a flamboyant Caribbean opener circa 1980, with three pull shots that cleared the boundary, one of them Adjacent to Church Street.

But any suggested batting was as booming as Lyon had suggested, as soon as Australia took the pink ball in hand, and England ended the day – just as they had started it – in the field. After a brief show of resistance from Root and David Malan, who put on 49 for the third wicket, a middle-order collapse that coincided with dusk ensured that England were once again unhappy in the game.

Malan today became the first of three batsmen caught behind the wicket attempting a leg-glance, and his dismissal triggered a decisive 21-ball spell as Australia posted 3-7 with the ball more than 20 overs old. .

In addition to Malan, the scalp of the skipper Root was claimed by Cummins for the first time in the series, LBW him so clearly that the England captain opted not to review, even though the ball was skimmed off the bails on middle stump.



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