Ashes in a nutshell: Lightning strikes twice for England as openers fall after Australia pile on the runs | Cricket News

Michael Neser took his first wicket with only his second ball in Test cricket

It was deja vu again for England in Adelaide as Australia piled up on the slopes and then took their first wickets before electrical storms disrupted play. This is the second day of the second ash test in a nutshell …


England plummeted to 17-2 from 8.4 overs under the lights as they teetered in response to Australia’s mammoth 473-9 declared on day two of the day-night test in Adelaide, writes David Ruse.

Rory Burns (4) and Haseeb Hameed (6) fell inside seven overs while Mitchell Starc and rookie Michael Neser got to work with the pink ball, before an electrical storm led to a first strain with the England 456 points behind.

Joe Root’s team appear to face a huge task to avoid defeat in this test and slide 2-0 in the five-game streak, a result that would leave them needing to win the last three games of the series to regain the pot.

Dawid Malan looks up wide-eyed after a flash of light that caused the game to quit

Dawid Malan looks up wide-eyed after a flash of light that caused the game to quit


Less than seven overs and England were two down with their captain and first hitter making his way to center. That’s right folks, we’re talking about England’s first game again.

First off, the mitigations, the tourists had been on the pitch for five and a half sessions, roughly 150.4 grueling overs, before Australia made their statement. Going directly to the serve against a brand new pink ball under the lights, in front of the home crowd barking, would always have been extremely difficult and there would have been a little more sympathy for Burns and Hameed had England not found themselves. constantly two in advance in the past – what? Five years? Six? Seven? More?

Rory Burns was fired by Mitchell Starc in the third over of the English innings

Rory Burns was fired by Mitchell Starc in the third over of the English innings

Of course, neither have been doing that job all that time, but England’s struggle to find a reliable opening pair in Test cricket has become something of a joke, only those who support the team stopped laughing long ago. . They say that tragedy plus time equals comedy. Well, there were certainly a lot of Australians giggling in the crowd.

Only Root scored more test runs for England this year than Burns, who enjoyed a good streak against New Zealand in the early English summer. However, that statistic says more about the general lack of runs on the team outside the skipper with Burns being more than 1,000 fewer runs than Root’s total.

The left-handed form is a far cry from what he showed against the Kiwis and his unorthodox technique has so far been dwarfed by Starc in this series, to the extent that Burns let Hameed tackle the first ball in the last two innings. Prior to the second dig in Brisbane, Burns had beaten at number 2 only four times in his top-notch career. Should he fail again in the second inning, it’s hard to see how he holds his spot for the Boxing Day test.

Hameed’s situation is slightly different. While Burns watched every inch of the out-of-nick hitter, the Bolton-born right has formed well in all three innings so far in Australia. Unfortunately, this did not translate into significant executions with a maximum score of 27.

Joe Root was early for visitors again as both openings went cheap

Joe Root was early for visitors again as both openings went cheap

Jhye Richardson caused him some trouble in his first over, but Hameed overtook it and settled down again, only to give Australia his wicket with a shot in the leg. It is just the kind of mistake England cannot afford in a series where they are already under immense pressure.

Hameed has shown enough to give England hope they can become the solid and reliable presence they crave at the top of the table, but like so many in the current batting lineup, they need him to turn promises into great results – and quickly.

Smith came out to beat the number 4 for Australia with his team 176-2 and the roughly 64 over Kookaburra pink ball. Such a thing remains fictional stuff for Root right now …


Marnus Labuschagne hit his sixth century of testing earlier in the day, making the most of England’s chances on day one, but Australia’s biggest celebrations came at the end of the day when rookie Neser struck with his second ball in Test cricket.

Starc had already continued to pester Rory Burns when Neser dismissed England’s other first player, Hameed, in the seventh over. It may not have been exactly what Neser had dreamed of, with Hameed chipping the ball in half, but he didn’t care.

Neser was attacked by his teammates after removing Haseeb Hameed

Neser was attacked by his teammates after removing Haseeb Hameed

The 31-year-old was mobbed by his teammates, who seemed to rejoice in his success as much, if not more, than the bowler himself. Neser was a perennial almost man for the Australians, so often included in the test teams but never quite able to prevail in the XI.

Even after Josh Hazlewood was barred from the Adelaide Test, he was bound to lose it again, with Richardson receiving the nod. However, Pat Cummins’ misfortune ultimately gave him his chance and a whirlwind 48 hours – in which he also batted a 24-ball rapid-fire 35 – was completed with a first test wicket.


English handyman Ben Stokes, speaking with BT Sport: “It looked like a pretty easy wicket to beat once he got in, so let’s hope our batters can go ahead and do it.

“We’ve been in that position first as a batting team, where wickets and fielders are a little irrelevant and it’s about getting as many points as possible.

“They deserved the right to do it, they exhausted us and put our legs on it, then they were obviously able to go and play like that and put a pretty high score on the scoreboard.”

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Matt Prior, speaking with BT Sport: “England are far behind in the game. Now we know, the only way to save them and get back into them is to beat them for a long time.”

Sir Alastair Cook, speaking with BT Sport: “It’s still in the hands of Rory Burns. He has another chance to silence what we’re all talking about.

“If he marks a century in the second inning, then he will be able to play a few more games because he has earned the right to do so.”

Glenn McGrath, speaking with BT Sport: “They [England] He probably got away without a dozen overs of the new ball and, under the lights, it’s pretty tough. England have had a tough day on the pitch and then, after coming out and losing a couple of wickets at the start, I think they’ll be pretty happy they didn’t have to play those last overs.

“They have to regroup now, go out tomorrow and start all over again.”



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