Ashes Live Scores & Updates, Australia vs England 3rd Test Day 2: Hello and welcome to our coverage of Boxing Day Test Day 2 from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After dominating with the ball on the first day of the third Test, Australia will look to consolidate their position with the bat on the second day. Australia have already lost David Warner early on but Marcus Harris looked good on day one and will look to convert the starts into big scores.
On day one, discussions in England’s dressing room about improving shot selection failed to bear fruit in the third Ashes cricket Test, as shaky batting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground brought Australia a Boxing Day feast of wickets.
England faced more “honest” discussions after being bowled out for 185 on Sunday. Australia reach 61-1 at stumps.
England, humiliated by a 275-run defeat in Adelaide, faced a tough challenge to make a comeback on Sunday. Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and invited England to bat first on the green, seamed MCG pitch.
England were 61-3 at lunch. By tea, the Tourists were 128-6, losing the crucial wicket of captain Joe Root for 50 runs.
England’s resistance with the bat lasted just 65.1 overs. World number one Cummins (3-36), spinner Nathan Lyon (3-36) and left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc (2-54) together kept the pressure on the England batsmen.
A loose shot outside off-stump by Root, a questionable cut by Ben Stokes, and a wild pile by Jos Buttler will draw heavy attention from England’s press after another tough day for the tourists, who will play two in the five-match series. – is behind zero.
Jonny Bairstow, who scored 35 runs, said that Australia had a big advantage by winning the toss. But he conceded that the England batsmen needed to be picked up.
“Both teams were looking to bowl first. This morning it was cloudy with weather conditions and the pitch was green,” Bairstow said. “We have to be a little bit stronger with our dismissal. We talked about it. It’s just to be honest with yourself. ,
Asked if he was disappointed with Buttler and Stokes’ shot selection, Bairstow said the players were instructed to play their natural game.
“Naturally the execution of those (shots) was not there today. He and we will look back (those shots) and probably reevaluate next time,” Bairstow said.
Rain delayed the start of play for 30 minutes before Cummins returned to England’s top-order after Cummins returned to the squad after being ruled out for the second Test in Adelaide due to close contact with a positive COVID case.
The captain first dismissed Haseeb Hameed without scoring and then got Zak Crawley caught in the street for 12 runs.
David Malan added 48 for the third wicket with Root before Cummins was rewarded in the final over before lunch as Malan was dismissed for 14 at first slip.
Australia took three more wickets in mid-session, dismissing the dangerous pair of Root and Stokes (25). Buttler’s dismissal for three, after targeting a wild slog at deep mid-wicket off Lyon in the final over before tea, sums up England’s struggle against Australia’s disciplined bowling.
World number two batsman Root added to his team’s troubles outside the off-stump by catching wicketkeeper Alex Carey off Mitchell Starc at 82-4.
Stokes tried to raise England’s scoring rate with an aggressive cut shot off Cameron Green, but the left-hander was caught in the street at 115-5.
At 159-8, Bairstow fell as he hit a bouncer from Starc to the alley. Lyon removed tailenders Jack Leach (13) and Ollie Robinson (22).
David Warner and Marcus Harris (20 not out) shared a 57-run partnership for Australia. Warner was caught in the street after scoring 38 runs off Jimmy Anderson’s delivery.
Harris needed medical attention during the next over after being hit on the arm by a bouncer from Stokes, but survived the series until the end of play with nightwatchman Nathan Lyon to leave the hosts again in the series.