England’s first innings was reduced to just 185 runs, while Australia took an 82-run lead over England, in response to which England lost 4 wickets at the end of the second day’s play.
Debuting Australian pacer Scott Boland took 2 wickets in the same over in the second innings.
The Ashes series against Australia is turning into a nightmare for the England cricket team. After Brisbane and Adelaide, the English team seems to be surrendering without any struggle in Melbourne and is just a few steps away from losing the series. The story of England’s defeat has almost been written on the second day of the third Test being played in Melbourne. The English team, which was bundled out for just 185 runs in the first innings, lost 4 wickets in the second innings till the end of the second day’s play, while Joe Root’s team still could not end Australia’s 82-run lead. Australian fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland took 2 wickets each and England could score only 31 runs till the end of the second day’s play.
The English team is still 51 runs behind Australia, who scored 267 runs in their first innings on the second day itself. In the last session of the day, the English team, who came out to bat in their second innings, got a double blow on the score of 7 runs in the 5th over itself. Stormy bowler Starc returned the pavilion to Jack Crawley and David Malan in two consecutive balls. Joe Root somehow avoided a hat-trick and then also scored two fours. England hoped that Root and Haseeb Hameed would stay till the end, but England’s condition was battered an over before the end of the day’s play. Debuting pacer Boland dealt Hameed and Night Watchman Jack Leach in the same over.
Smith-Labushen failed, Harris’s fifty played
Earlier, there was a slight delay in the start of the second day of the Melbourne Test, as 4 cases of corona virus infection were reported in the England camp. However, the game was started as the players were not found infected and Australia went ahead with their first innings. Marcus Harris and Night Watchman Nathan Lyon landed on the field, but could not last long. Ally Robinson gave England a good start by sending Lion to the pavilion, while Marnus Labuschagne, who was in excellent form, became the victim of Mark Wood by scoring just 1 run. Soon James Anderson gave a big blow to Australia by dealing with Steve Smith cheaply.
Opener Harris pulled the Australian innings out of a difficult situation, losing 4 wickets for just 110. Harris, who retained his place in the playing XI despite poor form, scored a half-century at his home ground. This was his third fifty.
Anderson shines, but Australia has the lead
There was a 51-run partnership between Harris and Travis Head, but soon both returned to the pavilion. Head was caught by Robinson at slips at the hands of Joe Root, while Harris was also dismissed in the same manner by Anderson. Alex Carey and Cameron Green also failed to play big innings. In the end, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins added useful runs to take the team to a score of 267, on the basis of which Australia took an 82-run lead. For England, veteran pacer Anderson (4/33) showed up and was the team’s most successful bowler, while Robinson and Wood got 2-2 wickets. Ben Stokes and Jack Leach also achieved 1-1 success.