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Cricket: England collapse once more as Australia flip screw in 2nd Take a look at

Cricket: England collapse once more as Australia flip screw in 2nd Take a look at

ADELAIDE (AFP) – England had been staring down the barrel of one other chastening defeat on Saturday (Dec 18), dismissed for 236 then pressured to look at as Australia batted once more and stretched their lead within the day-night second Ashes Take a look at at Adelaide.

Joe Root and Dawid Malan had survived the opening session of day three unscathed, constructing a 128-run stand as they chased Australia’s first-innings 473 for 9 declared.

Nevertheless it all got here crashing down after the dinner break with each gamers eliminated in fast succession, Root for 62 and Malan for 80, sparking a collapse that noticed England stoop from 150 for 2 to 236 all out.

Making issues worse, they did so towards a second-string assault with Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood each lacking.

Stand-in Australian skipper Steve Smith might have enforced the follow-on, however selected to relaxation his bowlers and ship within the openers to show the screw with two days left.

They negotiated some 75 minutes for the lack of David Warner for 13, needlessly run out after a disastrous mix-up with Marcus Harris, who stays unbeaten on 21.

Nightwatchman Michael Neser was on two as Australia reached 45 for one, constructing their result in 282.

Hostile tempo from Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon’s harmful spin did the harm to England, complemented by Cameron Inexperienced, who bagged Root for the second consecutive time.

Starc claimed 4-37 and Lyon 3-58.

England crashed by 9 wickets within the first Take a look at at Brisbane and in the event that they go 2-0 down in Adelaide the Ashes are nearly as good as gone, needing to win all three remaining Checks.

Australia bowled repeat maidens initially of the second session and Root regarded more and more uncomfortable towards Inexperienced, who was beginning to discover motion with the pink ball.

Having handed 1,600 Take a look at runs in a calendar yr – solely the fourth participant in historical past to take action – he poked at a Inexperienced supply and obtained an edge to Smith at slip, leaving him nonetheless looking for an elusive first-ever century in Australia.

Malan quickly adopted, slashing at a Starc thunderbolt that took a nick, once more into Smith’s protected arms. Malan has now scored 9 Take a look at 50s however solely transformed one right into a century.

“We let it meander somewhat bit by means of the primary session,” Starc mentioned, whereas heaping reward on Inexperienced.

“He is a severe expertise for a younger child, he is a fantastic addition to our bowling assault, he was extraordinarily good in that session after the break.”

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