Boxing Day Test at Day 2 in Melbourne. England batting its first inning after was at 72 for 1 at tea break. Earlier in the match, the visitors toppled Australia’s lower order batting at paltry runs. Still, Australia scored 327 in their first inning batting until after lunch. The inning featured the century knock from David Warner and half centuries from captain Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh. Chasing the score, England players started with a sturdy partnership knock between Mark Stoneman and Alastair Cook. The openers played 11 overs, until the former was caught and bowled by Nathan Lyon.
Alastair Cook had his special knock, his first half century after 10 innings of woeful innings. By the tea break, Cook was at 37, while James Vince was trapped at 17. England required 255 runs after the break, with the former captain beating boundaries one after another. The weather at Melbourne might have helped the batsmen to dominate the fast bowlers. Also, Australia’s attack had a blip coming up as an upset stomach of Pat Cummings. In the morning session, it was only Nathan Lyon, who had some success.
In Australia inning, England bowlers wobbled the last seven wickets for 67 runs. Stuart Broad toppled 4 wickets, while Aussies could scratch out only 51 runs off him. Another spearhead was James Anderson finishing with three wickets. Tom Curran the debutant got David Warner caught at 99, but the delivery turned out as a no ball, for a century-relive to the Aussie striker. But Curran attacked Steven Smith, perhaps the most precious wicket of the inning. Curran bowled Smith when the latter reached 76. The Aussie captain turned as the maiden wicket for the bowler.
Smith’s wicket at the 97th over started Australia’s collapse. The score was 260, when the skipper returned. Mitchell Marsh followed him after a couple of overs leaving the inning at 278 for 5. After 10 overs, the next slog began when England bowlers removed four batsmen in five overs. Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, James Bird, and Pat Cummings fell in short intervals. The line-up exhausted with Nathan Lyon’s wicket.
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