Australia vs England: The Ashes highlights, live scores, blog – 1st Test, Day 3

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    Australia v England

    Brisbane Cricket Ground, November 23-27, 2017

    1st Test - Australia v England Test Series 2017/2018

    England 1st Inn 302 all out
    Australia 1st Inn 328 all out
    England 2nd Inn 195 all out
    Australia 2nd Inn 0/173
    England won the toss and elected to bat.
    Australia win by 10 wickets
    Australia Over: 50.0  RR: 2.97
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    C.T. Bancroft 82 182 10 1 45.05
    D.A. Warner* 87 119 10 0 73.11
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    C.R. Woakes 11.0 1 46 0 4.18
    J.E. Root* 6.0 1 17 0 2.83

    A fighting England bowling pulled the handbrakes on Australia before Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh brought the opening Ashes Test to parity on day two.

    Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of day three at the Gabba from 11am (AEDT).

    In a game of fluctuating fortunes, it’s difficult to discern who is on top at the moment.

    Not that it matters a lot even if one or the other team is ahead after day two because the difference between the two sides isn’t too much anyway.

    What would be significant is if either side can make day three count for a lot more than the other but by the looks of it, rain could play spoilsport throughout the day.

    If one were to ignore the weather, the two teams would have their strategies marked out and hope they come off well in the end. Because neither side probably can predict how the surface might play going into the final two days of the Test – the crucial, business-end of the game.

    Because, rather surprisingly, the Gabba surface, which usually ends up becoming quicker as the Test match progresses, was seen to have gotten slower on day two. That made run-scoring tougher and a run-rate of 2.5 was on display.

    The Aussie top-order failed to adapt to the surface as nicely as Smith and Marsh did. There was a phase in their partnership – which is already 89 runs old – they made just 10 runs from 10 overs but they did not let that bog them down and when the scoring opportunities arrived, they did capitalise.

    What also could have pushed the Aussies back was the loss of those four early wickets.

    Cameron Bancroft had a forgetful first effort at the crease, Usman Khawaja’s issues against spin still need sorting, David Warner got out to that dink pull he often gets into trouble with while Peter Handscomb’s back-foot play proved to be fatal for a change as Australia fell to 4/76 at one stage in reply to England’s 302.

    Thereafter it became a battle of attrition and that could well continue into the third day as the two teams look to fight it out for top honours by the time the day ends.

    Australia will look to bat on and on and tire the opposition bowlers much like how England tried and succeeded to an extent. On such a surface it would behoove them not to lose their patience in search for quick runs, and if they can get through to the tea interval with wickets still in hand, they would be mighty pleased.

    England’s primary target will be picking early wickets but in the absence of that, they will continue to aim at choking the run-flow with funky fields and stump to stump bowling. The question then would be, who blinks first.

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    • 7:51pm
      Worlds Biggest said | 7:51pm | ! Report

      Magnificent knock Smithy, once again the skipper puts the team on his back. Cummins was a superb foil and deserved a half century. Hazo bowled beautifully to nab two very important wickets. Still a long way to go in this game.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:36pm | ! Report

      Over: 16.0
      Score: 2/33

      England have ended the day at 2/33 after having conceded a 26-run lead to the Aussies. A day of fluctuating fortunes yet again but at the end, we might be able to say, for the first time this game that Australia have their noses in front.

      A lot can happen obviously but with the pitch having become spiteful, it would take something special from Root and co. to get England out of the mire right now.

      Speaking of special, and it was Steven Smith’s unbeaten century. Slow, but steady, rarely looked like he could be dislodged and even rarer was the number of times he got beaten – all of it on a slow surface.

      It was his knock and his partnerships with the lower-order, notably with Cummins, that helped Australia edge ahead.

      Hazlewood overcame his first innings nerves to send back two English batsmen and they will leave the ground far happier.

      Looking forward to the day three? I am. And I will be there with this live blog again. Hope to see you too.

      • 8:35pm
        Adsa said | 8:35pm | ! Report

        Thanks Suneer, great day of cricket.

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        Mark Richmond said | 8:33am | ! Report

        I’m actually looking forward to day 4 ? Great blog Suneer…thank you.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:31pm | ! Report

      Over: 15.6
      Score: 2/33

      Root gets off strike with a single off the fourth ball of the Lyon over but there’s enough spin there…

      ..and that exact turn makes it tough for Stoneman. Wants to block it but ends up edging through the slips for a single. Root lets the final ball of the day go through to the keeper to end with a lead of seven.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:28pm | ! Report

      Over: 15.0
      Score: 2/30

      Couple of minutes to go and Lyon has the ball. Can they try and sneak in another Cummins over here?

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      Rellum said | 6:28pm | ! Report

      It is good to see batsmen hooing around and having to fight for runs. Proper Test cricket.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:28pm | ! Report

      Over: 14.6
      Score: 2/30

      Root and Stoneman are not looking very comfortable in the middle and I might be understating it. There are fielders everywhere catching, including the slips, silly point, leg-slip and deep for the bouncers.

      Root gets off strike and Stoneman’s looking equally apprehensive at the moment. Just a matter of minutes now, can he see through this over?

      Defends the final ball off with an attempted, straight bat. Phew.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:24pm | ! Report

      Over: 13.6
      Score: 2/30

      Lyon has Stoneman in a tizzy. Not sure he has any idea which one’s going to turn and which isn’t and there are a few which have spun and bounced already.

      He has to avoid falling in that trap that Usman Khawaja has fallen – play for that turning ball and missing the straigher one.

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