England plunged into a desperate situation in the second Test of Ashes. By the second session of Day 3, the team lost 7 wickets for 202 runs trailing behind Australia by a massive 240 runs. It is the first inning of the visitors, chasing down Australia’s first inning score of 442. The hosts’ inning featured an unbeaten century off Shaun Marsh, 126. Usman Khawaja justified his selection plundering a half century. Tim Paine added another fifty plus score. Aussies batted 149 overs in the first inning playing a day and half.
England bowlers did not have any significant breakthrough. Craig Overton took three wickets for 105 runs, while Stuart Broad came up with two wickets for 72 runs. The bowlers could not restrict the high score, but their attack was enough to resist any partnership. The 99-run stand between Marsh and Cummins emerged as the highest followed by Handscomb and Tim Paine’s 85.
Australia bowlers attacked the line up early. Joe Root, England Skipper was down in the seventh over, while Alastair Cook could not deliver more than 37. Cook’s tally this season has been low so far. In the earlier two innings of the first Test he scored 2 and 7 runs. James Vince, the top scorer lost his wicket to Josh Hazlewood, while Mitchell Starc trapped Dawid Malan. On Day 3, by tea break, England lost 5 wickets for 128 trailing Australia by 314 runs. Further down the line, Chris Woakes and Overton partnered for 66 runs as the highest stand. By 72 overs, England was reduced to 219 for 8 wickets.
Adelaide Oval could witness another blockage against England as the visitor’s collapse began early in the inning. If England losses this match, the next fixture would bring a heftier challenge for the team. The third Test being scheduled at WACA Ground, will pose another difficulty. England did not win a single Test at that ground since 1978.
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