The Ashes: England suffer yet another batting collapse as Australia retain control in Adelaide | Cricket News

England lose four wickets for 19 points and the last eight for 86 while Australia continues to dominate the pink ball test; Joe Root and Dawid Malan had led the tourists to 150-2, but familiar batting fights resurface before Australia extends the lead to 282 per logs.

Last updated: 18/12/21 11:45


Ben Stokes grimaces after dragging a delivery of Cameron Green on his stumps in Adelaide

England suffered a third battering collapse in as many innings as Ashes while Australia tightened their grip on the pink ball test on day three in Adelaide, with a 282 lead per stump.

Dawid Malan (80) and Joe Root (62) ensured Australia were wicket-free in the first session, with the pair extending their rank to 138 and England’s score from 17-2 overnight to 150- 2, shortly after the dinner break.

However, Australia then collected four wickets for 19 runs when Root, Malan, Ollie Pope (5) and Jos Buttler (0) were all caught playing loose strokes and England were eventually sacked for 236 in 84. , 1 over.

The latest batting malfunction followed England being torpedoed for 147 and then losing eight second inning wickets by 74 points during last week’s nine-wicket defeat at The Gabba in Brisbane.

Mitchell Starc's 4-37 included Rory Burns' wicket at the end of day two

Mitchell Starc’s 4-37 included Rory Burns’ wicket at the end of day two

Root’s side conceded 237 points in the first inning in Adelaide on Saturday, but Australian captain Steve Smith decided not to impose a sequel, with the hosts finishing 45-1 on the second pitch.

Marcus Harris (21st) and David Warner (13) weren’t too worried about the English seamers, with Warner’s exit coming via a run out after a trade with Harris, which led to Michael Neser (2nd) getting in. as a night watchman.

England’s last eight wickets of England’s first inning were down 86 when Mitchell Starc finished with 4-37 and Nathan Lyon with 3-58, while Cameron Green – who sacked Root and Ben Stokes (34) – scored 2- 24.

Nathan Lyon landed three wickets in the English first innings, ejecting Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson

Nathan Lyon landed three wickets in the English first innings, ejecting Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson

Australia are on track to take the 2-0 lead over the next couple of days, with England likely hoping that the rain forecast for Adelaide will come in droves on Sunday.

Lightning came to England’s aid at the end of day two, soon closing the game after Rory Burns (6) and Haseeb Hameed (4) fell under the lights against the new pink ball after Australia had declared on the 473-9.

Root and Malan found it much easier to beat in daylight during the early stages of Saturday, with the skipper completing a 52nd test of fifty and Malan a ninth, from 91 and 86 deliveries respectively, as they began to show. absences of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for Australia.

Joe Root and Dawid Malan put up 138 for the third wicket before England collapsed

Joe Root and Dawid Malan put up 138 for the third wicket before England collapsed

Malan, after some nervous internal passes, calmed down and produced a string of quality offside shots, while Root’s class limits included a four-way rebound over Lyon after stepping off the pitch.

Root, however, failed to turn an eighth Test 50 in Australia into a first century in the country as, shortly after passing 1,600 points a year at Test cricket, he fiddled off a log and grazed a ball from Green who he shouldn’t have played up to Smith in the cordon.

Malan soon followed – Smith the catcher back in a slide as the left hander was cramped for space on Starc’s cut – while Pope hit Lyon in the short leg after advancing down the wicket, two balls after successfully overturning a sacking of bat-pad with the ball hitting the elbow, not the club.

Green celebrates Root's wicket - he also fired Stokes on day three in Adelaide

Green celebrates Root’s wicket – he also fired Stokes on day three in Adelaide

Buttler was sent off for a 15-ball duck, driving freely to Starc and getting close to Warner, as his miserable Test continued – Buttler had left Marnus Labuschagne at 21 and 95 on the first day.

Stokes, who took 24 balls to score, put up 33 with the more adventurous Chris Woakes (24 of 40) from 169-6 but then started firing up once Lyon represented both Woakes and Ollie Robinson ( 0), spanking Green for four and Lyon for four and six while cultivating the strike.

Green responded by forcing Stokes to crawl on his stumps, while Stuart Broad (9) was the last to throw Starc on the covers after adding 16 – the third-highest joint of the innings – with James Anderson (5th).

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