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  1. #81
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    Australia entertained the Adelaide crowd with solid batting before reducing England to 17/2, thoroughly dominating the second day’s play.

    The final session turned out to be an entertaining one courtesy of Michael Neser and Mitchell Starc's partnership. Neser played an aggressive knock, smashing 35 runs from just 24 balls, which featured five fours and a six.

    Jhye Richardson made a 3-ball 9 before falling prey to Chris Woakes as Australia declared on 473/9. Starc remained unbeaten after contributing with a run-a-ball 39*.

    Australia quick Starc dismissed Rory Burns early, for 4, in the third over to draw the first blood. A few overs later, Neser snared Haseeb Hameed's wicket on the second ball of his Test career. He had the England opener caught at mid-on for 6.

    Earlier, Australia started the day at 221/2, with Marnus Labuschagne on 95* and Steve Smith keeping him company on 18*.

    After spending in excess of 60 balls in the nineties, Labuschagne got to his hundred with an edge going past the slips for a four. Having been dropped twice by Jos Buttler on day one, his luck trickled into the second day as well when he was finally caught behind, only for Ollie Robinson to overstep and be adjudged a no-ball.

    He offered another half-chance when he pulled Stuart Broad through square leg, just going past Robinson's outstretched right arm.

    However, Labuschagne couldn't make much of the reprieves, as he added just one more run before Robinson finally got his man. Shouldering arms to a delivery swinging in, Labuschagne was trapped leg before wicket for 103, with the ball-tracker showing three reds.

    The star from the previous game, Travis Head, joined Smith in the middle. The two added 50 runs for the fourth wicket, with Smith finding the boundaries with a lot more regularity. He got his 32nd Test fifty.

    Head, having smashed Joe Root for a boundary off the previous ball, danced down the track but was beaten by a full-length delivery that knock over the stumps. Chris Green's stay at the crease lasted all of five balls – Stokes hit the top of the stumps with Green completely beaten by the movement.

    Steve Smith made a solid 93 on his captaincy returnSteve Smith made a solid 93 on his captaincy return
    Smith and Alex Carey took Australia past the 300-run mark and into dinner break at 302/5. They continued to milk runs in the second session, making the England bowlers toil.

    England tried every bowling option possible to break their partnership but the two batters looked solid to throw away their wicket. While Carey scored runs with caution, Smith from time to time showed his intent of making this innings a big one.

    He scored two fours off one of Woakes' overs including a false short and in the seamer's next over, he hit him for a six with a pull in front of the deep square leg. Smith moved into his nineties with a four. However, Anderson struck to snare the prized scalp.

    The England veteran had him trapped in front for 93, Smith reviewed the decision but eventually had to make the long walk back to the pavilion and that brought an end to his solid 91-run association with Carey.

    The next ball, Carey brought up his maiden Test fifty in front of his home crowd, before he was caught by Haseeb Hameed in the same over for 51, off Anderson. Australia went to Tea at 390/7.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/2419780


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    Advantage Australia.

    2-0 is looking likely.


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    This is the 7th time Rory burns got out under 10 balls in this year alone.

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    So much for county cricket producing test quality batsmen these days .

    England have never replaced Strauss , cook or trott imo

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    England are losing this series 5-0.

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    Height of optimism or living in lala land?

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    Ben Stokes refused to accept England were down and out after a dispiriting day of Ashes cricket in Adelaide.

    Stokes' never-say-die attitude and ability to imagine the impossible has served England well over the years, with his Headingley heist against the Australians the most remarkable example.

    Back then England had plumbed the depths of 67 all out before his unforgettable day-four chase, when he finished 135 not out and put on 76 with No 11 Jack Leach.

    A turnaround of similar proportions could be required to prevent England going 2-0 down in the coming days, with Australia taking control of the day-night second Test with bat and ball.

    A century from Marnus Labuschagne, 93 from Steve Smith and some late punishment from the tail saw them declare on 473 for nine, with openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed knocked over under lights.

    Lightning and rain spared England any further losses but at 17-2 the road back in a long one.

    "If you don't believe you're already beaten," said the all-rounder, whose words appeared to be aimed as much at fans back home as they were to team-mates in the dressing room.

    England need a 'massive' day three if they are to rescue the second Ashes Test against Australia, says former opener Nick Knight
    "We've seen a lot of the support we've been getting on social media from everyone back in England and the guys who have been supporting us here in Australia have been absolutely phenomenal.

    "It's incredible wherever we go. You hear them even though they're outnumbered and there are people are staying up through the middle of the night to watch us from afar in the bars and stuff.

    "That's incredible to see. Obviously the first Test didn't go well and Australia are ahead at the moment but we know back home we'll be getting as much support as we always do and for us it's about letting them know we really appreciate it."

    Just a few months ago Stokes was not expected to be anywhere near this series, but came back from a mental health break to take his place in the touring party.

    Asked if it had been a worthwhile decision after six largely punishing days and some long, lean spells in the field he was emphatic.

    "Yes. I've loved every minute of it," he said.

    "If you don't feel sore getting up in the morning, you've probably not done what's required of you. You've just got to love the dirt when you get that deep in the game and understand what you're playing for."

    While player safety protocols dictated the game should end when the lightning bolts started appearing a little too close for comfort, Labuschagne was only thinking about forcing home the Australian advantage.

    "I saw a big lightning bolt, almost like a big camera flashing, but I was just hoping we could stay on the field so we could get some more wickets," he said.

    Australia had already guaranteed another difficult day for Burns, who nicked a fine delivery from Mitchell Starc to take his record on tour to 17 runs in three innings, with a grand total of 31 balls faced.

    "Starcy is doing a beautiful job of getting Rory out at the minute, it seems that way," added Labuschagne.

    "We all know Starcy has bowled some really good balls at him and we want to make sure we keep driving forward and putting England under pressure."

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    England have been docked eight ICC World Test Championship points – three more than previously stated – for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first Ashes Test against Australia.

    Last Saturday, it was announced that England would be docked five WTC points, one for each over they were found to initially have fallen short by. However, it has since emerged they were eight overs short, and will therefore lose three additional points.

    That left them with six points after five Tests in the ongoing 2021-23 cycle of the WTC, putting them at the 7th spot in the table, with a win percentage of 10%.





    England were also fined 100% of their match fee for the breach. “England were eight overs short (not five overs short as previously announced) but were only fined 100 per cent of their match fee due to the limit,” the ICC said.

    “However, the points deduction for penalty overs is not capped and must reflect the actual number of penalty overs a team is short of the minimum requirement as per Clause 16.1.2 of the ICC Playing Conditions, hence they have been penalised one point for each over they were short.”

    England, who lost the first Ashes Test by nine wickets, were also penalised for poor over rate in the home series against India in July-August, meaning they’ve now conceded a total of 10 points to slow over rate.

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    Root to score his 1st hundred in Australia tomorrow.
    Fingers crossed.

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