Ashes 2021, Australia vs England 2nd Test: After getting 237 runs as a first-innings lead, Australia batted fast in the second innings to give England a target of 468 runs.
Ashes 2021: England batters fails again.
Getting to a huge score of 473 runs, Australia already had the upper hand and with England only managing to score 230 runs has helped the host a lot.
Openers can’t stay for long in the crease. The bowling attack they are facing is of another quality. Haseeb Hameed(6) and Rory Burns(4) combined played only four overs.
The only players to perform consistently are Dawid Malan and Joe Root. Their partnership for the third wicket of 138 runs was crucial in those 230 total runs. The positive of the England inning was these two batting.
Both of them were dismissed in the span of 7 runs and after that, it was like all of them had to attend some online class and are running late to catch it.
Stokes and Woakes tried but until then they have lost the confidence of taking the inning too much ahead. An embarrassing outing for the England Cricket team. They can’t seem to find answers when they visit Australia, they always struggle.
The left-arm seamer, Mitchell Starc, had an impact with his four wickets which include a Jos Buttler’s duck and Dawid Malan’s well-set wicket.
The veteran off-spinner had three wickets when inexperienced Ollie Pope come to the crease. Simple catch at short leg for Labuschagne. It was Chris Woakes turn to go back, the ball turned a bit more and castled the stumps. Robinson was too dismissed in a similar kind of delivery but instead of bowled he was LBWed.
Ashes 2021: Australia want the target to get bigger.
The host had the chance to follow on but they decided to bat instead. That was the right choice from my point of view. Not taking any chances of England playing for a draw. England with their flop batting show gave Australia 237 runs lead.
England recovered nicely this time around, stopping Australia to just 230 runs. Two half-centuries were witnessed, Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head, Head, in particular, was very aggressive.
A late push from Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc made the 200 possible.
Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, and Dawid Malan picked two wickets each while Broad and Anderson picked one wicket each.
That marked a target of 468 runs for the visitors. My equation suggests, it is a draw but not an easy one for England.