Australia tightened its grip in the second test match of the Ashes series against England. The total lead of the hosts has gone up to 282 runs. England’s bowlers will have an ordeal on the fourth day. Kangaroo batsmen are in excellent form. England lost the last 8 wickets within 86 runs, leaving the visiting team, once looking in better shape, in trouble. Earlier, Australia took a big lead on the third day on Saturday after bowling out England’s first innings for 236 runs, led by fast bowler Mitchell Starc. Australia captain Steve Smith, who declared the first innings at 473 for 9, decided not to allow England to follow-on.
Australia lost 2 wickets in 4 balls
England have started the fourth day well. Within four balls, Australia lost the wickets of Neser and Harris. Neser was bowled by Anderson on the second ball of the 19th over. Neser could only score 3 runs in 13 balls. After this, on the second ball of the 20th over, Broad gave the third blow to Australia by catching Harris at the hands of Butler. Harris was dismissed for 23 runs off 66 balls.
Root injured, didn’t come out to field
England captain Joe Root did not take the field for fielding on the morning of the fourth day. Root injured himself during a throw-down on Sunday morning, after which he did not return to field. The England medical team is currently monitoring Root’s injury. At the end of the day’s play, the team scored 45 for one in the second innings, taking their total lead to 282 runs with 9 wickets left. David Warner, who was running in excellent rhythm, was run out after scoring 13 runs, while Marcus Harris, who was looking for the same rhythm, is present at the crease after scoring 21 runs in 59 balls, where he is being supported by ‘Night Watchman’ Michael Nasser (two runs). Earlier, England were in better shape after the day’s first session with 140 for two but Starc’s four for 37 and off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s three for 58 took the last eight wickets within 86 runs. Lost it. This is Australia’s 9th Day Night Test match and they have won all their eight matches before this, most of which goes to Starc. Starc became the first bowler to take 50 wickets in a pink ball Test.