Australia vs England 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights – Dec 3, 2017

Eng v Aus The Ashes highlights today – Second test day two from Adelaide Oval (Australia) Sunday 3rd December 2017. After day one Australia started their innings from 209 with four down in 81 overs, today they reached 442 with eight down in 149 overs and then SPD Smith captain of the Australia team declared their innings. CT Bancroft opener of the Australian team gone with scoring ten runs, DA Warner contributed 47 runs, UT Khawaja added 53 runs to his team scorecard, SPD Smith captain himself scored 40 and gone, PSP Handscomb gave 36 runs to his team, TD Paine † scored 57 runs, PJ Cummins 44 and SE Marsh 126 not out. From England bowlers, C Overton took three wickets, SCJ Broad took two, JM Anderson and CR Woakes these two took one wicket each of them.

England won the toss and elected to field.

Australia team/playing XI
CT Bancroft, DA Warner, UT Khawaja, SPD Smith (c), PSP Handscomb, SE Marsh, TD Paine †, MA Starc, PJ Cummins, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon.

England team/playing XI
AN Cook, MD Stoneman, JM Vince, JE Root (c), DJ Malan, MM Ali, JM Bairstow †, CR Woakes, SCJ Broad, C Overton, JM Anderson.

Australia’s selectors picking Shaun Marsh, and Joe Root sending Australia in to bat. If these were two of the more controversial decisions made in relation to this Ashes series, only one now appears an inspired call. On the second day at Adelaide Oval, Marsh pulled and drove his way to the fifth hundred of his Test career and steered Australia to 8 for 442 before the declaration came; England in their sixth session after Root won the toss, had failed to bowl Australia out. Australia went to dinner on 7 for 409 and emerged for a quick boost to their total after the break, adding 33 more runs for the loss only of Pat Cummins, who was caught off a Craig Overton bouncer for 44. Nathan Lyon got off the mark with a six, and Marsh also enjoyed the licence to hit out at the end, striking two fours and a six from the final over before Steven Smith’s declaration, finishing unbeaten on 126.

Match Timings: 14.00 start, Tea 16.00-16.20, Dinner 18.20-19.00, Close 21.00

England tour of Australia and New Zealand 2nd Test (D/N) Highlights

Umpires – Aleem Dar, Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpires – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Sir Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Sam Nogajski
Match number – Test no. 2285

The last over before dinner had rather summed up England’s day. From the penultimate delivery, Marsh fended a Chris Woakes bouncer into the air in the off side, where Alastair Cook at a floating second slip and James Vince at gully converged, dived, and together fluffed the chance in comical fashion. It was a life for Marsh, but by then he had 102 and had already done the damage. Marsh reached triple figures from his 213th delivery with a perfectly placed pull for four off Woakes, an appropriate stroke given how productive the shot had been for him in this innings. It was Marsh’s first Test hundred since the tour of Sri Lanka in August last year and took him past his father Geoff’s tally of Test centuries from exactly half the amount of matches.

He had lifted his rate after the tea break, having batted through the two-and-a-half-hour opening session for just 29 runs as Tim Paine, another surprising inclusion for this series, struck a brisk half-century. Cummins had also lifted his tempo after a slow start: he failed to get off the mark until his 37th delivery when he sliced a cut for four off Craig Overton, and from then on he scored at nearly a run a ball. The only wicket to fall in the session came early, when Mitchell Starc was hurried by a quicker bouncer from Stuart Broad and pulled a catch straight up to mid-on for 6. For the second time in the day, Broad had struck early in a session, having claimed a wicket with the third ball of the day when he hooped one in to trap Peter Handscomb lbw for 36 with no addition to his overnight score. But England’s hopes of running through the Australia lower order were thwarted by Paine, who showed his intent early by going after loose deliveries from Anderson and finding the boundary on several occasions.

Both Paine and Marsh were given out lbw to Anderson by umpire Chris Gaffaney in quick succession, but on both occasions, the batsmen reviewed and were reprieved by the ball-tracker showing the ball would have sailed over the top of the stumps. It was evidence of good bounce and carry from the Adelaide Oval pitch, which was also on display when Overton rapped Paine on his right hand, sending concern through the Australian camp given Paine’s injury history. However, Paine batted on and brought up his fifty from his 91st delivery, before pulling a catch straight to Moeen Ali in the deep off Overton late in the session for 57. It meant Paine had missed out on a chance to build just the second century of his first-class career – the first one having come 11 years ago – but he had done more than enough for the Australians, who were well on their way to a position of comfort.