Melbourne. On the second day of the Boxing Day Test, in fear of Corona, the England team once again proved to be laggy in front of the Australian bowlers and by the end of the game, England scored 31 runs for the loss of four wickets. The team is still trailing by 51 runs. At the same time, the Australian team is once again heading towards a big victory. The second day’s play has started late by half an hour after the case of Covid-19, as four people were found infected in the England camp.
Australia made a strong comeback to open the first session and scored 267 runs in 87.5 overs in reply to England’s 185, giving Australia an 82-run first innings lead.
Earlier, Australia’s batsmen, who came to the start of the second day, started scoring runs, but nightwatchman Nathan Lyon was caught by Jos Buttler on Robinson’s delivery after scoring 10 runs. Thereafter, Marnus Labuschagne, the new No. 1 batsman in the Test rankings along with Marcus Harris, took the innings forward.
Mark Wood bowled brilliantly and sent back the pavilion on the in-form Labuschagne (1). After this, England’s innings faltered and the batsmen once again disappointed.
Marcus Harris (76), Steve Smith (16), David Warner (38) and captain Pat Cummins (21) were all out for runs. However, Starc remained unbeaten on 24 runs for the team, giving the hosts a lead of 82 runs.
Subsequently, the England batsmen could not escape the onslaught of the Australian bowlers in the final hour of the game and Starc dismissed Jacques Crowley for 5. After this, on the very next ball, he also made the in-form David Malan his victim.
Due to the change in bowling, Boland dismissed openers Haseeb Hameed (7) and Jack Leach (0) in the same over.
By the end of the second day’s play, Root (12) and Ben Stokes (2) are present at the crease after scoring runs. But Australia is once again on the verge of a big win in the Ashes.
England 185 and 31/4 in 12 overs (Mitchell Starc 2/11, Saut Boland 2/1) vs Australia 267 in 87.5 overs (Marcus Harris 76, David Warner 38, Mitchell Starc 24 not out, James Anderson 4/33, Ollie Robinson 2/64, Mark Wood 2/71). (IANS)
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