England strike late but Australia lead in Hobart – SABC News

England bowlers caught Australia with three wickets under the lights of Hobart on Saturday night but the hosts reached the end of the game on three for 37 with a 152-run lead after a turbulent second day of the fifth Ashes Test.

The crowd of 8,711 at Bellerive Oval witnessed the fall of 17 wickets on the day as Australia were sent off for 303 in the opening session and England’s first innings went ended on 188 under the lights of the night session.

There was still time for England to retire David Warner for a pair, Marnus Labuschagne for five and Usman Khawaja for 11 as the visiting bowlers moved and bounced on the pink ball.

Warner was dismissed by Stuart Broad for the 14th time in his Test career, with the dressmaker becoming England’s most prolific bowler in the Ashes Tests with his 129th wicket.

Steve Smith, who had scored 17 undiscarded goals, and night watchman Scott Boland, unbeaten in three, will resume on Sunday looking to build on Australia’s lead and put the hosts on track to conclude the series 4-0.

“Beating them for 180 odds was a really good result,” Australia captain Pat Cummins said.

“There are types of night sessions to be wary of if you get caught with a new ball. I think it was a very good effort to be just three behind in really difficult conditions.

Cummins had previously taken 4-45 as the vanguard of the Australian attack as the England baton once again crumbled in the face of blistering pace.

England got off to a disastrous start with Rory Burns exhausted with just two runs on the board, and neither England batsman seemed to be anywhere near a second century in the series for the tourists.

Dawid Malan (25) and captain Joe Root (34) put together a 49-run partnership that seemed to bring some strength to the England innings, but Cummins fired them both in short order.

Chris Woakes was dropped twice in his 36, and Sam Billings had a solid 29 in his first Test innings before being edged out by Boland at the Cameron Green bowling alley.

Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon failed to deliver a single ball into England’s innings as the leaders took charge, but managed a brilliant hold to the point of dismissing Ben Stokes for four.

Lyon also contributed 31 runs, including three sixes, as runners-up Australia added 62 runs for losing the last four wickets in the opening session.

England’s effort was not helped from the start by being a short bowler, with Ollie Robinson still suffering from a back spasm which forced him off the pitch on Friday. The setter returned to bowling during the evening session.

“It’s a huge session tomorrow,” Billings said. “Obviously they are ahead of the game, but we have the opportunity to really break through in the morning.”

England strike late but Australia lead in Hobart – SABC News

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