England pacers lead fightback at day’s end to keep visitors in contest

Kingshuk Kusari

| Jan 15, 11:34 AM

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David Warner scored a pair on day 2 of the final Ashes Test match as English pacers led the fightback against Australia in Hobart. England put up just 188 runs in their first innings while chasing Australia’s 303 and fell considerably short. Having not lasted even 50 overs, the bowlers knew that they had to put up a special performance under the lights and that’s exactly what they returned with after the break.

Stuart Broad once again struck early against David Warner, who was edged to gully in the very first over of the game. From the other end, Chris Woakes shared the new ball duties in the absence of a fully fit Ollie Robinson and kept up the pressure. He nicked Marnus Labuschange down the leg to reduce Australia to 5/2 inside the fourth over.

After the first burst, Australia tried to get back into the game with Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith, but some nasty blows from Mark Wood sunk them further.

Wood dismissed Khawaja with the most vicious delivery of the game, bowling a fiery bouncer aimed at the head of the batsman. Khawaja did well to take his head away from the line but he could not manage to take out the glove. 

Khawaja was the last wicket to fall before nightwatchman Scott Boland put up incredible resistance to save rest of the batting order from collapsing.

At the end of day’s play, Australia were 37/3 after playing out 19 overs in the final session of the game, leading the game by 152 runs with seven wickets remaining.

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