An Ashes Test is being played in Australia for the first time outside of the five traditional sites of the Gabba, Adelaide, MCG, SCG, and Perth. The visitors’ batting, on the other hand, has remained unchanged, as England fell once more and surrendered a large first-innings advantage.
- English Struggle Continues
Even their lone warrior from 2021, Joe Root, couldn’t reproduce his strong form in the current Ashes series due to incoming deliveries. Despite the fact that the majority of England’s players have received starts, none of them has managed to score a significant amount of score.
The fact that their best score was 36 by number-eight batter Chris Woakes is cause for concern. Following a magnificent stroke of fielding to knock David Warner out early, it was skipper Pat Cummins who made two vital breakthroughs. Cummins grabbed four wickets in this innings, demonstrating why he is the top-ranked Test bowler in the world. Mitchell Starc’s incredible form with the pink ball continued, with three wickets on the other end.
All of this comes after Nathan Lyon added to England’s difficulties earlier in the day by failing to pull the tail out. England, on the other hand, breathed a sigh of relief when they reduced Australia to 37/3 late in the day. Australia, on the other hand, has a 152-run lead. Given England’s batting problems, winning this Test would be a difficult challenge.
Australia got off to a bad start after building a 115-run advantage when David Warner (0) was dismissed on the third ball of the second innings. Stuart Broad, his arch-nemesis, sent the left-handed batsman back to the pavilion. In the fourth over, Chris Woakes dismissed Marnus Labuschagne (5), reducing Australia to 5/2.
On the eve of stumps on Day 2, Mark Wood (11), and in the end, Smith and Boland, ensured that Australia did not lose any more wickets before stumps.
Sam Billings and Chris Woakes added 28 more runs to the score before Cameron Green bowled Billings (29) in the 42nd over of the innings, resuming the third and final session at 124/6. Woakes was subsequently joined in the middle by Mark Wood, and the tandem scored runs at a rapid clip.
Both Wood and Woakes put on 30 runs for the eighth wicket, but Mitchell Starc broke the partnership when he caught Woakes (36) down the leg-side at the hands of wicketkeeper Alex Carey, reducing England to 182/8.
With 129 wickets, Stuart Broad has surpassed Ian Botham’s previous record of 127 wickets for England in The Ashes (128). Shane Warne (195), Glenn McGrath (157), and Hugh Trumble are the only Australians ahead of him in the rankings (141). Broad’s 8/15 is the fourth-best in the Ashes for England.
Joe Root becomes the 30th player in Ashes history to score 2000 runs. Ricky Ponting, Kevin Pietersen, Michael Clarke, Alastair Cook, and Steve Smith are the only other players to have scored 2000 runs in the Ashes in the twenty-first century.