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James Anderson was great for England before the top-order collapsed again

Jimmy Anderson was in excellent shape for England, but Australia finished the day close to the urn. Here are the notables of a day that promised so much but ended in an all too familiar disappointment for tourists …

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A disastrous last hour ruined what had been England’s best day of this Ashes series until Australia came close to victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, writes Sam Dryy.

Tourists finished the second day 31-4, still 51 points behind, while Mitchell Starc (2-11) and Scott Boland (2-1) snatched first place with two wickets each; the only comfort for England is that Joe Root (12th) survived the day and will start again on the third day with Ben Stokes (2nd) in company.

Prior to that belated collapse, it had been England’s day with bowlers working hard and making the most of a seamer-sized surface to take out Australia for 267, limiting the first inning lead to 82, with James. Anderson’s pick of the attack, taking 4-33.

Mitchell Starc took two wickets in two balls as Australia snatched England's first order once again

Mitchell Starc took two wickets in two balls as Australia snatched England’s first order once again

However, all this good work was nullified by excellent Aussie bowling late in the day, Starc knocked out Zak Crawley (5) and Dawid Malan (0) in successive balls and Boland sent off Haseeb Hameed (7) and the night watchman. Jack Leach (0) within three deliveries to leave England in need of something special to avoid defeat, both in the match and in the series.

POINT OF SPEECH

For the sake of argument, let’s just say that the, er, faltering, high-level Brits have said enough about them for the time being – I’m afraid there may be ample opportunity to discuss this again in the coming weeks, anyway. So while the series stays alive, we will focus on the positives and what, for the first five and a half hours of play, was the story of the day: Jimmy Anderson.

Monty Panesar claims Jimmy Anderson produced another brilliant bowling performance at MCG, but criticized England's frailty with the bat

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Monty Panesar claims Jimmy Anderson produced another brilliant bowling performance at MCG, but criticized England’s frailty with the bat

Monty Panesar claims Jimmy Anderson produced another brilliant bowling performance at MCG, but criticized England’s frailty with the bat

Man is a marvel. At the age of 39, on his fifth tour of Australia, away from an endangered force, Anderson looked like a man at the height of his powers on his second day at The ‘G’. After knocking out David Warner late on the first night, he threw Steve Smith on the second morning and at one point, through a couple of spells, threw 11 overs for three runs, with 63 dot balls and took two wickets.

The second of these was Australia opener Marcus Harris, who had stubbornly batted to make 76, but had required more than a bit of luck when Anderson crossed his outer edge over and over again before finding him right after the drink in the afternoon session. His figures of 4-33 prove once again that he doesn’t need a Dukes ball and English conditions to make his mark.

While Anderson was the best for England with the ball, this was an impressive all-round demonstration from the tourists seam attack with Ollie Robinson going on to prove himself a real quality test match pitcher and Mark Wood who knocked over batsman No. 1 of the cheap Marnus Labuschagne test and worrying the Aussies with his pace during the innings.

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Unfortunately for England, Australia also have a pretty powerful attack pace, and it was they who took center stage in a fascinating final hour. But while they have been far from perfect in this series and the composition of the attack was all wrong in each of the first two tests, the sweeping overhaul that is sure to follow a now inevitable defeat of Ashes shouldn’t start with the bowlers, least of all with the imperious Anderson.

STATE OF THE DAY

MOMENT OF THE DAY

Setting the tone is important for a captain and boy did Pat Cummins do it on the second night. England had passed Starc’s first over with rather surprising ease, five balls left alone and Hameed pushing the other for a single. Maybe it wouldn’t be as tense as we imagined? Keep that thought.

Cummins came to the charge and hit the ball, at a distance of a distance from Hameed and saw it rise abruptly. It was all the England opener could do to raise his hands and defend himself to protect himself, the ball wrapped and just above the slips as Hameed rushed to the safety of the non-striker’s end. A goodbye was given to the leg with the ball coming out of the arm guard, but if it went within reach, no one would be shocked if it was proved that it also had a mace or mace handle.

Haseeb Hameed somehow survived a brutal first ball from Pat Cummins

Haseeb Hameed somehow survived a brutal first ball from Pat Cummins

Hameed survived, but with that delivery, Australia was on its feet with the crowd roaring at them. England have been unable to withstand the pressure and are staring at the barrel for another punishing defeat. Cummins threw six scary overs of relentless intensity, but somehow didn’t take a wicket.

This was left to Starc and Boland, but it was the skipper who led the charge and he will be back again on the third day.

THE TWEETS OF THE DAY

WHAT THEY SAY

James Anderson of England, speaking with BT Sport: “It was a very disappointing finish to the day. I thought we played really well to keep up the pressure and taking them out for under 300 was a good effort. Then it was a challenging 12 over. It was a big spell from Starc. and Cummins, to be honest, but you expect it as they are world-class bowlers who have been doing this for a number of years.It’s disappointing to lose four wickets in 12 overs.

Anderson says England are disappointed to have lost four wickets late on the second day of the third Ashes Test

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Anderson says England are disappointed to have lost four wickets late on the second day of the third Ashes Test

Anderson says England are disappointed to have lost four wickets late on the second day of the third Ashes Test

Glenn McGrath, speaking with BT Sport: “I think Anderson would love to take this pitch and take it with him! These are the best bowling conditions you can get and that hour was as tough as the batting conditions you will face. You are really under. [a] microscope. There is rebound, rhythm, seam, so you can’t be too hard on England hitters. It was really hard work. “

Steve Harmison, speaking with BT Sport: “I would say England was blown away. It was great fast bowling from Australia. You can talk about the same old, same old from England, old mistakes, but it was correct, correct fast bowling. The wicket offers a little but if England was down by five or six, I don’t think they could have complained, with the areas affected by Australia. “

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Jonathan Trott, speaking with BT Sport: “We talk about winning key moments and this was a key moment in the series, not just the match. It was the moment when England was hoped to pass. The last hour was so important in the context of the series and unfortunately it was gone. Australia’s road. We have to stay positive with the English team’s two best hitters, Stokes and Root, still there, but Australia is in the driver’s seat. “

Moeen Ali, speaking with BT Sport: “Root and Stokes will probably have to play the best innings of their careers. I know Stokesy and Rooty have both done it before, but they’ll have to do it again to get a chance. It’s a big demand on this wicket, in my opinion, but there is. is hope “.

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