Australia lead England by 152 runs as 17 wickets drop on Day 2
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Australia toppled England to the Ashes yet again for an under-average 188 as 17 wickets fell off the pace on day two of the fifth Test on Saturday.
Australia, who were knocked out for 303 before lunch, didn’t need Nathan Lyon’s offspin to take a 115-run lead in the first set as captain Pat Cummins led the charge with 4- 45 and Mitchell Starc caught 3-53.
Scott Boland was unlucky after Chris Woakes (36) was dropped twice in the slippery cord to finish with 1-33 and Cameroon Green (1-45) got the wicket from debutant Sam Billings, who made 29.
England fast bowlers Stuart Broad and Mark Wood played with similar intensity to the Australian pace quartet as the home side stuttered to 37-3 at the stumps in the day-night test for an aggregate lead of 152 with seven wickets in hand .
Steve Smith was unbeaten on 17 while night watchman Boland braved the barrage of short-throw deliveries to fall short on 3-for-25.
David Warner got a pair in a test match when Broad caught him on the point of the third ball and Marnus Labuschagne also fell cheap for 5 to Woakes before Wood beat Usman Khawaja (11) with a Brutal shortball on a day when the fast bowlers entirely outplayed the hitters with the pink ball.
England’s endless batting woes in the Ashes once again saw his top order struggle against the seam and swing of Cummins and Starc, who both beat the batsmen outside the stump in a superb display fast bowling.
Joe Root (34) and Dawid Malan (35) attempted to resurrect innings with a 49-run third wicket after both openers fell cheap before the dinner break.
Rory Burns, called up for the final test, was ducked short as he went on a pointless run and Travis Head took a good catch from Zak Crawley (18) short-legged forward as England reached 34 -2 at the dinner break on the second day.
But Cummins struck in quick succession after the break, getting Malan behind the leg, then sharply bringing one back to pin Root’s leg before the wicket.
Ben Stokes (4) was brilliantly caught at the low point by Lyon ahead of Starc before Boland could get two out of two balls. Ollie Pope (14) got ahead of the big Boland but the very next delivery saw Warner drop a keeper from the thick outside edge of Woakes.
Starc and Cummins, however, ended England’s poor show by sharing the last three wickets before England challenged Australia in a difficult hour and a half.
Lyon (31) had previously scored half of the points Australia added in the afternoon after resuming at 241-6.
Wood (3-115) took two quick wickets from Starc (3) and Cummins (2) but Lyon hit the quick thrower for three sixes and a square limit much to England’s frustration.
Alex Carey played on his stumps from Woakes (2-64) after scoring 24 from 60, but Lyon added 23 runs for the last wicket with Boland (10 not out).
Broad wrapped up the innings when he cut the bail to overthrow Lyon and finish 3-59, but England sorely missed Ollie Robinson (2-24), who had back spasms and was unable to play after delivering eight overs on Day 1.
Robinson had Australia on the mat at 12-3 in the first 10 overs, including an opening spell that pulled out David Warner and Steve Smith for the Ducks on Friday, ahead of Head’s second century of the series and an invaluable 74 by Cameron Green saved Australia’s innings.
England have already lost the Ashes after losing the first three Test matches and drawing in Sydney.
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