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    Australia end Day 3 of the 2nd Test at 45/1 with a lead of 282 runs over England



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    England will resume their first innings on day three of the Adelaide Test 456 runs behind Australia with Joe Root needing a huge score to keep the Ashes series alive.

    The tourists will resume on 2-17 on day three at the Adelaide Oval, with Root (5*) and Dawid Malan (1*) at the crease with 8.4 overs bowled in their first dig.

    The pair will need a repeat of their partnership in Brisbane and then some if England are to dig themselves out of an almighty hole after Australia declared their first innings at 9-473.

    Ashes legend Michael Vaughan blasted England for failing to get anything right so far on what is fast becoming a nightmare tour down under.

    “12 for 2 and the skipper has to walk out again far too early. Pretty much every aspect of this Test team isn’t working so far on this tour, but let’s be honest it’s been the same story for a long time against the better teams,” Vaughan tweeted.

    While Vaughan piled on, Kevin Pietersen suggested the series was never going to be a contest.

    “Foolish to even think England were going to properly compete in this #ashes with everything else that’s happening off the field,” Pietersen tweeted.

    “Much easier for Aus at HOME!

    “Way harder for ENG with all the nonsense that’s happening here!”

    Pietersen later added: “Burns & Hameed out early. I’ve said it before that the system is flawed!”

    England could have been in even more trouble heading into day three with wild weather causing play to be abandoned early.

    Debutant Michael Neser and recalled paceman Jhye Richardson were starting to get some real movement late on day two and will back themselves to pick up where they left off.

    So too will the leader of the attack Mitchell Starc, who had his bunny Rory Burns caught in the slips late in the final session of the second day.

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    Aussies will bowl england out for less than 250, then bat again and increase any huge lead they have. The fact that so many england batsmen average under 30 this year shows how poor current batting is.

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    I expect England to get bundled out quickly. Aussies will probably bat again and bat England out of the game.


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    Aussies not playing two front line pacers , I expect poms to score runs here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justcrazy View Post
    28 runs partnership so far , these two doing well so far
    If you can't score runs day 3 at Adelaide, you never will.

    If their minds are right England should score 350 as par- wagging tail can make more. How Lyon bowls could be a factor.

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    This Australian attack is very poor.can England score 400+ runs ?

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    50 runs partnership here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devadwal View Post
    This Australian attack is very poor.can England score 400+ runs ?
    Certainly not as strong as an attack with Hazlewood & Cummins in it- I think they are both top 10 test bowlers?

    Neser & Richardson are talented shield bowlers. Good bowlers. But maybe just 5-10kph or 3-4 inches height from being top test talents.

    Adelaide has always been a ground you can score 400-500 innings 1 or 2 and still lose a match. The difference now is the night session. If you are 5 down going into the night session- you'll get rolled out that evening.

    If you are 2-4 wickets down going into the night session, you have a much greater chance to resist & survive. But it's rarely easy.

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    Poms have negotiated Aussies bowlers well here so far

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    Aussies should not have rested both Cummins and Hazelwood together, its was a bad move.

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    Another excellent top order partnership from Root and Malan, the concern of course is what might/will happen when one of them gets out.

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    123 runs partnership here

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Another excellent top order partnership from Root and Malan, the concern of course is what might/will happen when one of them gets out.
    England have enough batting here , I think this test heading towards a draw , unless Aussies collapse in the second innings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justcrazy View Post
    Aussies should not have rested both Cummins and Hazelwood together, its was a bad move.
    Neither were rested, Hazlewood is injured and Cummins is in quarantine.

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    There is some subtle seam movement for the Aussies here with the pink ball, they need to stick to the task and they will be able to get an end to open up.

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    Good ticker shown by Eng. So far.
    Pitch looks gone flat. Lets see how lyon goes.
    If somethow these two get stuck and score big will be intresting.
    Else it would be packup.

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    140 . 2

    Lunch , England would be very happy here

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    Root is such a fantastic player, bowls 20 overs like a pure spinner and still batting on 57 after coming at 20/2.

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    Green and Lyon bowling. Root can make a double century here given that all are rookie bowlers bar Starc who himself is a bit erratic.

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    Australia's pink ball domination might just end? May be a drawn match.

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    Green deserved that wicket. He completely owned Root in that over until that dismissal ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    Australia's pink ball domination might just end? May be a drawn match.
    Naah Root uprooted.
    Cam Green show's how to get it done.


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    That is the beauty of being an all rounder. That wicket of Root from Green is worth much more then the runs he missed scored.


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    Stokes looks under pressure.


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    suddenly Lyon looks threatening.

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    Green is in the middle of a great spell. England must bite the bullet and see him off. Stokes almost threw it away by trying to play upper cut.

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    Lyon is going to get one of these guys. Slashing the bouncing ball is way too risky.

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    Reminds me of first test. Both lost their wickets after a big partnership.

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    Stokes 0 in 21 balls !! I will be surprised if he makes runs here unless he decides to counter attack.

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    This is why meandering at the crease and batting in survival mode will not help. You have to take it to the bowlers. Lyon is a massive threat here.

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    Ollie pope may be talented but he should go back and work on his game. An international right hand batsman should not be struggling against an offspinner


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    Predictable from Poms on Australian Soil.
    Can't bowl, Can't Catch a ball and Can't bat.


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    So Buttler fails again....

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    It will be better for Stokes to try to attack the new ball.

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    AUS 473/9 d
    ENG 236 (84.1) CRR: 2.8
    Day 3: Innings Break - England trail by 237 runs

    Australia are going to bat again, and aren't enforcing the follow-on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Aussies will bowl england out for less than 250, then bat again and increase any huge lead they have. The fact that so many england batsmen average under 30 this year shows how poor current batting is.
    Seems like i was 100% right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Aussies will bowl england out for less than 250, then bat again and increase any huge lead they have. The fact that so many england batsmen average under 30 this year shows how poor current batting is.
    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Another excellent top order partnership from Root and Malan, the concern of course is what might/will happen when one of them gets out.
    playing just 2 genuine batsmen in playing 11 is always asking for trouble.

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    Well done AJ!

    Not sure if any amount of batters that England have right now are a match for this Aussie attack?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Well done AJ!

    Not sure if any amount of batters that England have right now are a match for this Aussie attack?
    Probably for england like most test teams around the world is they dont have a decent opening pair, which means your best 2 batsmen are in at 20/2 every game and there is only so much recovery you can do. Then their is the merry go round of selecting buttlers, bairstows in the team who give you 1 good test inns every 10 inns or so. Apart from Root what quality batsmen have england produced in tests. in england normally their bowlers bail them out, which even they couldnt this summer. i think a lot of hard work needs to be done with county cricket for england to find new batting stars.

    england will probably drop burns after this test but crawley isnt exactly any better.

    i bet england wish they had cried this series off now due to covid.

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    Each day of this series for England just seems to get progressively worse. Adelaide is going to be another heavy defeat for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Aussies will bowl england out for less than 250, then bat again and increase any huge lead they have. The fact that so many england batsmen average under 30 this year shows how poor current batting is.
    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Each day of this series for England just seems to get progressively worse. Adelaide is going to be another heavy defeat for them.
    At least this test will be a defeat in 5 days compared to 4 in last one ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    At least this test will be a defeat in 5 days compared to 4 in last one ;)
    Yes, I think Australia have won the Ashes (gone 3-0 up in the series) within 9 or 10 days across 3 Tests a couple of times before, wonít be as bad as that ;)

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    Watching englands struggles makes me almost feel not so bad for paks record in aus

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    Bowlers fire again to put Australia in command

    The Australian bowlers came up with a sensational bowling performance after the first session to skittle out England for 236 before ending the day on 45/1 with the lead at 282.

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    Starting the day at 17/2, England needed a big effort from Dawid Malan and skipper Joe Root to mount a challenge and stay alive in the contest. They got precisely that in the first session, with the pair looking relatively comfortable under the hot Adelaide sun. They hardly gave an inch to the Australian bowlers while punishing the bad deliveries with great ferocity.

    Malan brought up his half-century, his second of the series as the partnership was building up. The left-handed batter was particularly enjoying the ball coming onto the bat, playing some glorious strokes. On the stroke of the dinner break, skipper Root also brought up his half-century, the 52nd of his career. This continued his blazing run in 2021, as he brought up 1600 runs in Tests in the calendar year.

    The partnership was now up to 128 as the visitors ended the session on 140/2.

    Cameron Green's inspired spell at the start of the second session would turn the tide of the match. In his 5-over burst, the all-rounder the ball to nip around from a fuller length while keeping things tight. This would reap great rewards, bringing him the scalp of Root for 62. The ball moved just enough off a length and Root couldn't resist a poke at it with the ensuing edge bringing his downfall.

    Green would then be taken out of the attack with Starc replacing him. This would turn to be an inspirational move as Malan slashed at a wide delivery only to edge it, walking back to the pavilion for 80.

    Ollie Pope would be the next wicket to follow, first surviving after a correct review only to fall to Lyon a couple of deliveries later. He danced down the pitch but only found an inside edge to depart for 5 with Labuschagne taking a sharp catch at short leg.

    Jos Buttler's arduous stay at the crease also wouldn't last long as Starc tested his patience before finally bowling one full and wide. Buttler had a go at it and edged it to Warner to walk back to the shed without troubling the scorers.

    The tide of the match had completely changed now with Australia smelling blood as they headed to tea with England's score at 197/6.

    Australia continued in the same vein in the final session with Lyon bowling an absolute peach to Chris Woakes to bowl him out for 24. Robinson also didn't trouble the scorers. It was now left to Stokes to add as many runs as possible to the Australian total. After a sombre start, the all-rounder started to showcase his full array of strokes.

    He played some crunching strokes especially against Lyon before being bowled by Green on 34 trying to play one shot too many. James Anderson and Stuart Broad did show some resistance against some nasty Australian bowling, especially from Starc and Richardson with the new ball. But they were finally folded up for 236, with Starc getting his fourth with the dismissal of Broad.

    Australian stand-in skipper Steve Smith then opted against enforcing the follow-on and openers David Warner and Marcus Harris would have the proposition of negotiating some tricky overs against the pink ball in the lights. It seemed as they would accomplish the task with great success. But a mix-up cost Warner his wicket, as he was run out for 13 with three overs remaining in the day.

    Harris and nightwatchman Neser would see through those overs, with Australia ending the day in a commanding position at 45/1 with the lead standing at 282.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentkiller187 View Post
    Watching englands struggles makes me almost feel not so bad for paks record in aus
    Um. I wouldn't be too happy about that. Since 1996, Pakistan have been the worst top 8 test nation in Australia. Every single match has been a loss. Even SrinLanka drew a test match or two down under.

    England have had 5 wins and 3 draws , including a series win, in the same period. Hardly comparable.

    England have been the 3rd best side in Australia after SA and India


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    I still think Eng can bounce back in Melbourne... This test match however looks a lost cause.


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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Each day of this series for England just seems to get progressively worse. Adelaide is going to be another heavy defeat for them.
    This has to be the worse England test team ive ever seen!

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    England cannot make excuses for their troubling run of batting collapses at the Ashes and must find a way to put scores on the board, according to Dawid Malan.

    The batting malfunctioned twice in the series opener in Brisbane and was on the blink again on day three in Adelaide, with a weakened Australia attack snapping up eight for 86 to assume complete control.

    For the second game in a row Malan had shared a century stand with captain Joe Root to sow the seeds of a comeback, but nobody else had the requisite steel to back them up and the score tumbled from 150-2 to 236 all out.

    Malan does not give himself a free pass despite scoring more runs and facing more balls than anyone in the away dressing room over the last three innings, insisting scores of 82 and 80 are not enough to get the job done.

    "It's very easy to keep saying 'oh, we're unlucky; we nicked a few; we played some bad shots; this and that' but we actually need to find a way of putting some runs on the board as a collective," he said.

    "If we knew why the collapses happened, we would stop them, but hopefully we can put in some performances as a team.

    "It's been pretty frustrating. To to get ourselves back into a position where we could get within touching distance of them and then lose eight wickets is very disappointing.

    "We can talk about the guys who failed but ultimately one of Rooty or myself should have gone on and got a big hundred and taken the pressure off those guys.

    "We can talk about taking 20 wickets too but in Australia it's big runs as well that win you Test matches. In the last Test, myself and Rooty were in a position to score big hundreds but we didn't do it. And we were in the same position here. Both times we have been found short as a batting unit."

    A similar batting collapse cost the tourists the game in the first Test at Brisbane, with former England captain Sir Alastair Cook believing the players are not learning from their lessons.

    "It is all too familiar and it is incredibly frustrating for the players, the coaches, you can't afford to lose wickets in clusters," he said on BT Sport. "You have got batting coaches saying, 'if you lose a wicket you have to rebuild', all the stuff you tell 13-year-olds in team meetings, and unfortunately they are not learning lessons.

    "They are not being good enough when they are put under pressure as a batting unit. When one wicket falls Australia are brilliant at seizing that opportunity for 20 minutes. Starting your innings on a flat wicket is so important, Australia go all in and England haven't been good enough to withstand that.

    "That was the big chance to get back into the series and bat big and Root and Malan were excellent. As soon as the talisman went second or third over after lunch, (England lost) four for 19, you just cannot afford to do this on flat wickets time and time again because in 45 minutes the game is almost out of reach already."

    Things might have got even worse for England had Australia's stand-in captain Steve Smith enforced the follow-on under the lights, particularly given the travails of their top order, but he preferred to stretch the lead to 282 and will put some more hard yards into a weary bowling attack on day four.

    Seamer Mitchell Starc, who led the home attack in the absence of the injured Josh Hazlewood and isolating captain Pat Cummins, was accepting of Smith's decision not to unleash him again by sending England's openers back in straight away.

    "I'm not the captain, Smithy is pretty happy with the way he wanted to go so there wasn't too much of a chat," Starc said. "He's pretty set in his ways and knew which way he wanted to go. In terms of where it sits now we hold all the cards in terms of when we want to bowl and how big a lead we want to have. We have a lot of options on the table."

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    Why the hell Ashes in Australia have 5 match . England don't deserve more than 2 test match series in Australia .Only indian team can defeat Australia in Australia .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devadwal View Post
    Why the hell Ashes in Australia have 5 match . England don't deserve more than 2 test match series in Australia .Only indian team can defeat Australia in Australia .
    There were times India lost 7 out of 8 tests in England. We were still given 4 test series. We were also whitewashed in Australia. These are traditional rivalries. NZ is the no.1 side. But we play only 2 tests against them. Commercial reasons. traditional rivalry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manunited18 View Post
    This has to be the worse England test team ive ever seen!
    Thatís because it probably is.

    Certainly in terms of the tactics, the batting, the catching and the fielding.

    The bowling unit always puts in a 10/10 effort (even when it doesnít click) and has some some quality about it, but thatís it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    That’s because it probably is.

    Certainly in terms of the tactics, the batting, the catching and the fielding.

    The bowling unit always puts in a 10/10 effort (even when it doesn’t click) and has some some quality about it, but that’s it.
    Far too many holes. They have the most inform batsman in the world and als he is at his peak. They also have the best fast bowling all rounder plus clutch player. But so many excess baggaes weigh them down. Openers set the tone for touring sides. ALmost always. I looked up the last 3 year performance of English openers. Surprise Burns has the best numbers if we ignore Leach's 92 as opener in a one off scenario. Averaging 31. Sibley 28, Crawley 20, Hameed 31, Denly 31. More runs by him than any opener in the world during the last 3 year period. But average wise he is even behind J A burns of Australia.
    J A Burns in the last 3 years average 37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manunited18 View Post
    This has to be the worse England test team ive ever seen!
    I've seen worse - the 1999 team for instance, that had one decent bowler in Caddick.

    But only that one.

    As @James says the basics are not there, the skill to bat long, and to maintain concentration in the field. These guys are mainly LO specialists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I've seen worse - the 1999 team for instance, that had one decent bowler in Caddick.

    But only that one.

    As @James says the basics are not there, the skill to bat long, and to maintain concentration in the field. These guys are mainly LO specialists.
    Root at his peak, Stokes, Anderson, Broad. Cannot be a worse team. But the batting unit certainly has to be one of the worst when you see 30% of the runs of England in the last year was scored by one man.

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    Australia are looking good for a massive win.


    Bangladeshi Man

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    On his previous Adelaide Oval appearance as Australia Test captain, Steve Smith courted controversy with his decision not to enforce the follow-on with England languishing 215 runs adrift at the completion of first innings.

    Four years later, and reinstated to the role on an interim basis after full-time captain Pat Cummins made an unfortunate restaurant choice, Smith found himself in an almost identical position and made the same call.

    And it seems likely to pass with barely a murmur, unless England forge an even more remarkable fightback than they managed in 2017 before ultimately losing that Test by 120 runs.

    The reason for the kerfuffle among commentators and critics last time was that – having failed to send England back to the crease after they were bowled out with 26 overs remaining on day three – Australia slumped to 4-50 (including Smith's wicket) and suddenly in danger of forfeiting the unlosable.

    The criticism compounded a day later with England 4-176 in pursuit of their unlikely victory target of 353, with their best batter (Joe Root) still at the crease and Smith having dropped a catch and called wrong on a couple of DRS reviews.

    Even though it all ended happily for Smith and his team, with Root dismissed without adding to his overnight score and England's final six wickets falling at similar speed to which they've tumbled throughout this series, there was a pointed post-mortem into the process underpinning the then-captain's call.

    "Steven has obviously made the decision that he felt the guys had bowled enough," incumbent bowling coach David Saker said at the time, confirming the bowling group of Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon weren't consulted in the end decision.

    "In hindsight, we didn't get an opportunity to bowl with the new ball under lights — that was our chance.

    "Maybe we got it wrong. At the end of the Test match we will review that."

    If that review happened, and protocols surrounding who gets consulted should the same scenario arises, then they have been lost in the mists of time.

    When England's final wicket fell at Adelaide Oval tonight with a minimum of 16 overs to be bowled on the third day, Smith had no hesitation in signalling for the heavy roller as his top-three batters David Warner, Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne bolted for the dressing room.

    If the oversight of 2017 was to be addressed and the bowling group – of which Starc and Lyon are the only members to be part of this current Vodafone Test – was to be canvassed, then the veteran pair were not privy to any such discussion.

    "I'm not the captain," Starc said, sporting a broad smile at day's end which Australia ended in far better shape at 1-45 (and 282 runs ahead) than was the case four years ago.

    "I wasn't part of any thought process.

    "It seemed like Smithy was pretty happy with the way he wanted to go tonight.

    "I don't know if there was some chat in the break or off-field, but there was not too much of a chat between us out there.

    "He was pretty set in his ways and we weren't going to fight him on that."

    Lyon offered a more cryptic take on what protocols were put in place prior to Australia returning to the crease, adding he and Starc had engaged in their own strategising although he was not prepared to divulge that detail until the Test has reached its conclusion.

    "There’s always thought that goes into making those decisions and there’s a bit of that (wanting to make England bowl again)," Lyon told cricket.com.au at day's end after he and Starc shared seven wickets between them.

    "Test cricket is a long game.

    "Me and Starcy have this thought process about why we didn’t (enforce the follow-on) and I want to see it work before I tell the whole world about what the process is.

    "I’m more than happy to talk to you after this game about it – if it works.

    "There’s a couple of little tactical things that we want to see … there’s a little bit more to it."

    Starc admitted conversations had taken place on-field before England's innings folded, but they centred on whether Australia would take the second new-ball which became available after 80 overs with their rivals' last pair Stuart Broad and James Anderson at the wicket.

    They agreed they would dispense with the old ball even though it had netted them 7-70 from the final 35 overs of its match life, and then required 25 deliveries – most of them targeting the England pair's upper bodies – to claim the final scalp.

    That probably required more energy from opening combination Starc and Jhye Richardson than had been initially thought, so that might have been a factor in Smith's decision to bat again.

    But as Starc revealed, the thinking was more likely swayed by the knowledge Australia's fate would be squarely in their own hands if they controlled the rate and volume of runs scored in their second innings, the overall lead they felt was sufficient and the timing of any declaration if needed.

    Which will surely come in time to allow the refreshed fast bowlers a crack with another new ball under lights on Sunday, if Australia's batters get through the first couple of sessions by which time the advantage should be well beyond 400.

    "In terms of where it sits now, we hold all the cards on when we want to bowl, how big a lead we want to have," Starc said.

    "Obviously the night sessions are a big one, certainly we see it as a big striking session, if you like, with the new ball and the conditions.

    "We've got a few options on the table now, and it would have been a shorter (night) session in the second innings if we'd sent them back in."

    As for whether those protocols alluded to four years ago will be implemented before the next Ashes day-night Test which is scheduled for Hobart's Blundstone Arena from January 14, Starc observed that Cummins will doubtless be back in his leadership role by then.

    "We've got a bowling captain now," he grinned.

    "We'll have to talk to him."

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/stev...est/2021-12-18


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