The Ashes | Final Test, Day 2 - Cummins runs through England as visitors lose 5 under 100 runs

Kingshuk Kusari

| Jan 15, 2022 7:58 AM

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England were once again threatened by the pace battery of Australia as they lost three wickets in a space of seven runs in the second session of the fifth Test. 

Being played in Hobart, a ground that favours fast bowling, England lost Dawid Malan, Joe Root and Ben Stokes in a space of three overs as Australian captain Pat Cummins threatened to trigger another collapse in the series. 

Malan was the first to get out, clipping a nothing delivery from Cummins to the keeper while trying to run it down to the leg side. Joe Root was trapped in front by Cummins and went back without reviewing the decision. 

Ben Stokes was the last wicket to fall at the time of writing on a shot that he had absolutely middled. He crunched a backfoot punch against a short delivery from Starc, but a diving effort from Nathan Lyon at point made sure that the English all-rounder was left frustrated while walking back to the pavilion.

At the time of writing, Australia were 96/5 with two new batsmen in the crease. Ollie Pope was partnering debutant Sam Billings in hopes to rescue the English innings.

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