Ashes 5th Test, Day Two (Report 06.00) – England 34-2 (Crawley 18, Malan 9 * | Cummins 1-16) trail Australia 303 completely out (Head 101, Green 74 | Wide 3-59, Wood 3-115) with 269 runs
Rory Burns fell for a desperate duck with six balls as England’s response initially got off to the worst possible start on day two of this final Ashes Test in Hobart.
The 31-year-old, fell after the second test in Adelaide, was hoping to revive his international career when he was recalled to this match in place of Haseeb Hameed. But he was away just 10 deliveries inside the inning after being run out thanks to a direct hit from Australian Marnus Labuschagne.
Burns could have been out three times in the first over from Mitchell Starc before he was eventually sent off, lucky he was not caught lbw after the ball hit fractions outside the line, escaped being bowled as he almost played on, and then edge final delivery of over behind only for Australia not to review.
At the end of the first session, England were 34 for two after also getting Zak Crawley caught at 18 on short legs from home captain Pat Cummins’ bowling.
In contrast, Australia enjoyed a fine first session, adding 62 runs to their last four wickets as they made 303 in their first innings.
That is despite being reduced to 12 for three early on day one and 252 for eight on this second day, with Australia’s tail wagging to put England in a difficult position.
Joe Roots’ team has yet to get 300 in this series, but they will have to here if they take a first-innings lead, which they will likely need if they are to stay in the competition.
Right now, though, Root has trudged to the edge with his team of 29 for two, though, it looks like a long shot.
Wood gets some loss: Nathan Lyon liked England’s bowlers as he went to the fold with his team 252 for eight, hitting three sixes, including one from Mark Wood, who was shot out of the Bellerive Oval to take the fast bowler’s run admitted in this innings previously 100. In total, Australia put on 51 for their last two wickets.
Rory is burned again: After being recalled for this final Test, Rory Burns would have hoped for better than the ninth duck for England. But that was exactly what happened when he was called through by Zak Crawley for a single and saw Marnus Labuschagne strike with a direct hit as the tourists fell to two for one 10 balls in the inning. Burns should have been out for the final ball in the first over when he edged Mitchell Starc backwards, but there was no appeal from Australia.