Ashes 2021-22: Australia v England second Test, day three – live! | Sport









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Good afternoon Australians. Good (very early) morning Britons. We’re again at Adelaide Oval for this, day three of the second Take a look at. Nicely, lightning was England’s participant of day two as the weather halted proceedings earlier than the vacationers’ already-dented innings took any additional hits. A divine intervention, if you’ll, at 17 for 2 and trailing by 456 runs. Now they resume, on a mission from god, to avoid wasting this Take a look at and the sequence.

The standoff between Cricket Australia and the South Australian well being authorities is frankly extra fraught than a lot occurring on the pitch proper now. And as Pat Cummins watches from isolation again in New South Wales, his aspect are taking their confidence from bat to ball. England’s circumstances are successfully the inverse of this. The scoreboard is bearing down, Mitchell Starc already has his tail up, Michael Neser has his first Take a look at wicket and Jhye Richardson is trying sharp. That’s earlier than we even get to Nathan Lyon, who likes the pink ball very a lot certainly.

Phrase is it’s a bit cooler (although nonetheless comparatively humid) at Adelaide Oval at this time, which can swimsuit Australia’s bowlers. This wee truth may need been bouncing round that very explicit tactical mind belonging to Steve Smith yesterday. Whereas the mercury hovered within the mid-30s the captain had his hosts hunker down with the bat and pressure England to proceed toiling within the area till sundown, at which level he declared at 473 for 9.

That scoreline additionally had a bit to do with England’s largely one-note assault and a few common carelessness. It’s troublesome to see the vacationers making a correct go of this Take a look at however Ben Stokes continues to be a believer so let’s see what occurs. Over to you, Joe Root and Dawid Malan. On the Gabba this pair introduced up a 159-run partnership. Can they do it once more?

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