Hobart (Australia). The Australian bowlers once again troubled the England batsmen in the fifth and final match of the Ashes Test series, reducing their first innings to just 188 runs on the second day of play on Saturday. A total of 17 wickets fell on the second day of the day-night match, including four in Australia’s first innings and three in the second innings. Australia’s team started the day with six wickets for 241 runs but their first innings was reduced to 303 runs before dinner.
During England’s first innings, captain Pat Cummins took four for 45 and Mitchell Starc took three wickets for 53 runs to give the team a big lead of 115 runs. Scott Boland (one wicket for 33 runs) did not get the luck and his ball was caught twice by Chris Woakes (36) in the slips. Cameron Green (1 for 45) got the wicket of debutant Sam Billings, who scored 29 runs.
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England pacers Stuart Broad and Mark Wood bowled the same second innings as the Australian pace quartet, helping the home side post 37 for three in the day-night Test at stumps. Australia’s total lead has gone up to 152 runs and they have seven wickets left. At stumps, Steve Smith was playing 17 and Scott Boland scored three runs.
Like David Warner in the first innings, he failed to open the account in the second innings as well. He was dismissed on the third ball of Broad in the first over of the innings. After this, Marnus Labuschagne became the victim of Chris Woakes by scoring five runs. Wood got Usman Khawaja (11) caught behind the wicket on a short ball. Earlier in England’s first innings, after the openers returned cheaply, Root (34) and David Malan (25) showed some struggle by sharing 49 runs for the third wicket. In the post-dinner session, Cummins broke this partnership by getting Malan caught by the wicketkeeper.
Scott Boland showed the way to the pavilion to Ollie Pope (14) but on his very next ball, Warner dropped a simple cat from Woakes. After this, Starc and Cummins did not take much time to send the tail batsmen to the pavilion. At the start of the day, Lion (31) made a good contribution with the bat for Australia as the team crossed the 300-run mark.
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Mark Wood (3 for 115) took the wickets of Starc (3) and Cummins (2), but Lion troubled the England bowlers with three sixes and a four. He shared a 23-run partnership with Boland (10 not out) for the final wicket. Broad (3 for 59) ended Australia’s innings by bowling Lion. The England team has already lost the series by losing the first three matches. The fourth match played in Sydney was a draw.