England starts chasing highest winning target, Australia wobbles at paltry second inning score

 . Last updated on December 11, 2017, 9:10 AM
England starts chasing highest winning target, Australia wobbles at paltry second inning score
James Anderson had his first five-wicket haul in Australia in the previous inning.

The second Ashes Test took a turn towards England again after Australia exhausted its second inning at 138 runs. The team played only 58 overs before scrambling to James Anderson and Chris Woakes. Earlier in England’s first inning chase, the team scored 227, trailing behind by a massive score to reach Australia’s 442. Still, the second inning collapse of the home team restricted the lead to a reachable limit. Now England is chasing a 300 plus target on his second inning with ample time to play. It is Day 4, England setting out its second inning before the end of morning session.

It was the first five-wicket haul of James Anderson in Australia. Nathan Lyon was the first who got removed as the overnight batsman. Followed by Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh. England dismantled Australia without losing much time with a brilliant attack from Woakes and Anderson. The former removed four wickets. Australia’s wobble exposed the inconsistencies in most of the players in the batting lineup. While new players like Camron Bancroft made their cases stronger, there are others like Handscomb, failing repeatedly. Still, Australia has limited Tested options and has other way than to carry on with the ensemble.

If England could chase down 354, its second inning target, it would be the highest successful chase of the team. In the first inning, the team could not reply with enough emphasis. Craig Overton became the highest scorer with 41 runs batting lower down the line. The team batted 76.1 overs for 227 runs. In the inning, Nathan Lyon finished with four wickets, while Mitchell Starc took down three.

England batting for second inning started with the opening partnership between Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman. By 20 overs, the players forged a 50 plus partnership. The Adelaide Test can become a turning point of the series with England’s win. It could wipe the Gabba stain of the first Test. In the last ball of the over, Nathan Lyon trapped Cook nicking the first wicket of the inning.

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