After a fantastic performance in the second Test match, Australia has seized a 2-0 series lead in the Ashes 2021/22 series. On the final day of the test, England tried their hardest to draw the game with Buttler’s tenacious 207-ball 26, but they were unable to do so. For his outstanding scores of 103 and 51 in the Adelaide Test match, Marnus Labuschagne was named Man of the Match.
England’s batting line crumbled once more as they relied largely on Joe Root and Dawid Malan, with the rest of the batsmen unable to make a significant contribution. Jhye Richardson of Australia ended up with a five-wicket haul in the game’s fourth innings.
● Poor Display by England
After being handed a large lead, England was all but eliminated from the competition. With four sessions to complete, they were given a huge task. The visitors did not get off to the greatest possible start in order to have a chance on the final day. In the final session of Day 4, their top order was ripped away.
On Day 5, the overnight pair of Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes continued their innings. After getting out of Mitchell Starc, Pope’s poor form persisted. Following a positive appraisal by the Australians, Ben Stokes followed suit. Nathan Lyon was able to get the ball to turn, and he was rewarded with Stokes’ wicket.
Haseeb Hameed, Burns’ opening partner, is on the squad more for what he doesn’t do than what he does, for his minimalism at the crease and the shots he doesn’t play, which gives the team a false sense of security. Yes, he remains still at the crease and lingers a little, but he lacks authority and does not put scoreboard pressure. As a result, England’s best player, Root, is exposed to the new ball at No 4, putting him under pressure.
The depth of England’s dilemma is reflected in the premature recall of Ben Stokes, who was pushed back into Test cricket after a long hiatus marred by mental health issues and a troublesome index finger. Stokes can bat reasonably well, but he is definitely over-promoted at No 5 when the skipper also expects him to send down 90mph torpedoes. Because the alternatives don’t line up, Stokes is assigned the lynchpin role. After starting the series with a 35-run outing, Ollie Pope has scored 48 runs in four innings at No. 6. Yes, the last three have scores of 4, 5, and 4. It’s not good enough.
England had a golden opportunity to tie the series at 1-1 when Australia’s two main pacers, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, were unavailable, but they were unable to capitalise as Australia proved to be too strong for them. Australia won with Marnus Labuschagne’s stunning century and David Warner and Steve Smith’s ninety. Alex Carey, who also had a terrific game by scoring his maiden fifty in Test cricket, was backed up by cameos from Starc and Neser, who helped Australia to a first-innings total of 473-9.