Ashes 2021-22: Australia v England second Test, day four – live! | Sport

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twenty seventh over: England 57-2 (Burns 30, Root 6) The synthetic shadows are actually stretching throughout the Adelaide pitch like accusatory fingers, because the scent of Christmas tree out of the blue wafts over from the nook of my lounge. What’s on the prime of the OBO tree? Root sweeps Lyon safely to choose up a single and that’s DRINKS!

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twenty sixth over: England 57-2 (Burns 30, Root 6) Smith duly brings on Cameron Green, the baby-faced murderer. Root pushes him into the off facet for an off-the-cuff run to the security of the non-striker’s finish, leaving Burns to barter the remainder of the over, together with overturning that caught behind resolution.

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REVIEW: Burns caught behind

Given out on the sector however Burns requires DRS instantly

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twenty fifth over: England 56-2 (Burns 30, Root 5) Another fierce over from Lyon, the ball lifting and fizzing and lunging. Burns survives a forefront.


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twenty fourth over: England 54-2 (Burns 29, Root 5) Neser flies by means of one other over however within the gully, Root’s nemesis is warming up. In a remaining plea to remain on, Neser knifes previous Root’s exterior edge. Beautiful.

“The thought of Merkel on the receiving end of ‘Sir’ Alan Stanford’s pitch has brightened my morning,” sorts Niall Mullen.

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twenty third over: England 52-2 (Burns 29, Root 3) Root has ants in his pants as he will get down on his knee twice in a row to brush Lyon and misses each occasions. Enough! The ball is bouncing in all places.

Marnus Labuschagne gets out of the way as Joe Root gets one past him.

Marnus Labuschagne will get out of the way in which as Joe Root will get one previous him. Photograph: Sarah Reed – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images

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twenty second over: England 48-2 (Burns 28, Root 1) Root off the mark with a single into the covers. An hour or so left within the day because the sky turns purple above the Adelaide cathedral. Stay in your seats.

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WICKET! Malan lbw Neser 20 (England 48-2)

Not saved by DRS. The ball nipped again and Malan hadn’t superior a lot down the pitch. Would have hit the highest of center stump. A fairly however inconsequential 20.

OUT! Malan goes for 20.

OUT! Malan goes for 20. Photograph: Morgan Sette/Reuters

Michael Neser celebrates the key wicket of Dawid Malan.

Michael Neser celebrates the important thing wicket of Dawid Malan. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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REVIEW! Malan lbw Neser 20

At first sight, appeared fairly out, and the umpire raises the finger… however Malan requires the DRS

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twenty first over: England 48-1 (Burns 28, Malan 19) An opportunity, put down! Malan pushes ahead and Lyon brushes the skin fringe of the glove however Smith at slip doesn’t appear to choose the ball up clearly and fumbles it to the bottom.

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twentieth over: England 47-1 (Burns 28, Malan 19) A vigorous maiden from Neser, however no cigar.

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nineteenth over: England 47-1 (Burns 28, Malan 19) A Lyon maiden spoilt by a four bounding by means of backward level as Malan cuts. Tasty shot. Block by block, England construct.

Chris Fowler punches the keys on his typewriter laborious“Would it be tempting fate to say Burns and Malan look almost comfortable here?” Yes, Tanya, it could. Not simply tempting destiny, however inviting it out for a bout of fisticuffs, blindfold, in a sewage farm. With a problem like that, I’d be amazed if England nonetheless have any wickets standing at shut of play at this time.

(Over the highest? Perhaps. But Fate has to listen to it loud and clear, and switch peacefully again to its pint.)

Rory Burns in action.

Rory Burns in motion. Photograph: Morgan Sette/Reuters

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18th over: England 43-1 (Burns 28, Malan 15) Rory Burns fees right into a reduce off Neser sending it skidding behind sq. for four. Luckily he has extra confidence in himself than the remainder of us do. The digital camera cuts to a long-view and we see the solar setting ominously.

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seventeenth over: England 39-1 (Burns 24, Malan 15) Malan cuts properly, however I can’t assist feeling he may come a cropper in opposition to Lyon. Here he tries to chop one which beats him. Another quick-fire maiden.

Rick Harris has inside data of the latest commerce talks:

“I think you need to understand that part of the recent Trade Deal with Australia was a clause agreeing to let them win the Ashes on their own turf in order to boost their self-esteem as a nation, which otherwise let’s face it would be pretty low. When seen in the proper context England are actually distributing international aid to a developing country.”

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sixteenth over: England 39-1 (Burns 24, Malan 15) Michael Neser replaces Mitchell Starc and instantly sends down a maiden.

An e mail – howdy Kim Thonger! “Now that Angela Merkel is no longer Chancellor of Germany, I wonder if she might be persuaded to become England cricket coach? Her man management and political skills are second to none and she could surely absorb the necessary cricketing knowledge in next to no time with her formidable intellectual prowess?” Now, that may be a good suggestion. I’d like to see Angela in considered one of her signature trouser fits cocking an eyebrow on the ECB execs.

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fifteenth over: England 39-1 (Burns 24, Malan 15) Malan cuts Lyon’s final ball, pinpoint by means of the sector, for four. And the runs tick over. Would or not it’s tempting destiny to say Burns and Malan look virtually snug right here?

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14th over: England 34-1 (Burns 23, Malan 11) Starc once more with a remodelled discipline, however nonetheless no breakthrough. Feels like time for a bowling change by Australia.

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thirteenth over: England 32-1 (Burns 22, Malan 10) Lyon rips previous Burns, at slip Steve Smith is laughing. Burns has two shut fielders both facet of the wicket, crouching, ready as Burns bobs about. Great over and one other maiden.

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twelfth over: England 32-1 (Burns 22, Malan 10) Malan performs and misses exterior off stump. In gradual movement, we see him shut his eyes in frustration. A maiden from Starc.

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eleventh over: England 32-1 (Burns 22, Malan 10) Malan leans onto the again foot, and cuts Lyon, confidently for four. Late and luscious.

“Morning from Spain Tanya.” Good morning Dave Langlois

Drastic measures however involving solely two group modifications, three if you happen to rely Root. First, usher in Bairstow as wicket keeper and quantity six as a substitute of Buttler. Second, usher in Morgan as a substitute of Pope. I do know, I do know, its yonks since he’s performed red-ball cricket by no means thoughts check cricket But he averages 30 in checks in comparison with Buttler’s 33 and Pope’s 31, so no nice distinction there. And the runs his captaincy would win (by encouraging his personal group and outthinking the enemy) can be numerous. He would additionally come to the crease with a credit score of 20 runs to start out as a result of Root, relieved of captaincy pressures, can be averaging 60 one thing as a substitute of 40 one thing.”

Nice thought, however I don’t really suppose Morgan likes Test cricket.

Dawid Malan cuts Lyon for four runs.

Dawid Malan cuts Lyon for four runs. Photograph: Sarah Reed – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images

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tenth over: England 27-1 (Burns 22, Malan 5) Starc once more, he’s a menacing spectacle sprinting out of the shadows, much more bodily imposing than England’s bowlers. England survive, choosing off runs right here and there.

“Aside from the ritual awfulness,” writes Andrew Moore, “what is it about Ashes cricket in Australia? We’ve had several tight series in England, but struggling to think of a competitive series over the last 40 years. Even the two England won weren’t close. I blame the atrocious beer.” Good level! Though Australia and India managed an absolute cracker earlier this 12 months.

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ninth over: England 24-1 (Burns 20, Malan 4) Ah, Nathan Lyon, we’ve been anticipating you. Burns quick-steps down to satisfy him on the half volley and flicks Lyon’s second ball by means of mid-wicket for four. The subsequent beats him; Burns comes out to satisfy the following in an odd type of sq. dance. Ooof, that is wanting tough.

Nathan Lyon comes on to compound England’s misery.

Nathan Lyon comes on to compound England’s distress. Photograph: James Elsby/AP

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“Was Joe batting in the nets without a box?” asks Nick in Dorset. “I’m astounded if so. First cricket lesson you ever learn at Primary school.

Metaphor for the shambles this latest tour has become.

No doubt Joe will ‘learn the lessons and move on’. (If he can)!!”

This is a bit of past my data base, however I believe it was simply throwdowns. Anyway, we’re again on….

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Optimism along with your cornflakes, from Ian Wilson: “Morning Tanya from rainy Turkey. So England just need 2 centurions and 4 guys to get a fifty each and a comfortable win by 3 wickets sometime after tea tomorrow, is it asking to much when the first 7 batsman after Hameed, have all scored a test match hundred, plus Broad at number 10, or am I just being over optimistic?”

Shall we depart that query hanging?

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Time for a bowl of muesli, as the sunshine dawns on a misty December morning in England. Some of the spare Australian squad are working out on the pitch as the sunshine dims over stunning Adelaide. Maybe this may brighten English hearts – Tim factors out the final time England survived 134 overs within the fourth innings to safe the draw.

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Tea: England 20-1, want 448 to win

eighth over: England 20-1 (Burns 16, Malan 4) Cameron Green is astonishing within the gully. How can such a giant man be so nimble? Malan is trapped by a magnificence from Richardson, which hits him zip on the knee. He’s leaping although, and Smith decides to not evaluate, and is true. And that, my pals, is tea.

Cameron Green. A good touch for a big man.

Cameron Green. A very good contact for a giant man. Photograph: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

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seventh over: England 20-1 (Burns 16, Malan 4) England survive a yes-no-sorry, because of the fielder slipping over. Burns cuts Starc uppishly for four. Damn, that was a pleasant shot.

“Dear Tanya.” Hello Vanessa in Eastbourne!
“ABC commentary through the night was mildly mocking. Then they put on Kim Hughes, the stereotypical Aussie bloke from the 1980s. The horror! Guffawing, making lewd “jokes”, boasting….
We don’t deserve this, can we?”

Ewww! I’ve all the time had a smooth spot for Hughes after studying Christian Ryan’s good e-book Golden Boy, however glad I slept by means of that!

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sixth over: England 16-1 (Burns 12, Malan 4) Richardson bustles in, power fizzing from each steps. Burns dabs him down the bottom properly and with outstanding confidence.

“Hi Tanya.” Morning Colum Fordham! “Desperately trying to find a positive twist to England’s performance. I think I’ve come up with one: Dawid Malan for Man of the Match for the Touring team. After a superb 80, England suddenly realise they have a competent leggie in their team when over 400 runs behind on a turner and he duly takes his first test match wicket with loop (or ‘tadge’ if you will). He then flays his first ball for a glorious cover drive. It’s a no-brainer.”

I agree! What did Ed Smith know?

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fifth over: England 7-1 (Burns 9, Malan 4) Malan is hit on the thigh pad first ball, the fourth zips by means of him. The pure shadows have virtually lined the pitch and out of the nook of my eye, the floodlights are on.


Ouch. Photograph: Morgan Sette/Reuters

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4th over: England 7-1 (Burns 8, Malan 4) This is the primary time within the sequence that Hameed has been out earlier than Burns, so the primary time Burns and Malan have batted collectively. Off his first ball, Malan drives Richardson by means of the covers with the richness of a slice of Christmas cake.

Another poor start from the England openers.

Another poor begin from the England openers. Photograph: James Elsby/AP

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third over: England 7-1 (Burns 7, Malan 0) Burns survives a thriller from Starc, choosing up three by means of sq. leg off the final ball. A horror stat for you:


That was the thirteenth duck by an English opener in males’s Tests this 12 months.

England’s earlier worst for that stat was seven, in each 1986 and 1998.#Ashes

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WICKET! Hameed c Carey b Richardson 0 (England 4-1)

A brutish ball from Richardson and Hameed doesn’t have a solution, the ball flying from the skin of his gloves into Carey’s . He may have left it. Hameed walks off the pitch, his head bowed the complete means.

OUT! Hameed goes for a duck.

OUT! Hameed goes for a duck. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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1st over: England 4-0 (Burns 4, Hameed 0) With three slips and a gully licking their lips in anticipation, Starc fees in and Burns leaves the primary ball. The second screams previous the skin edge. Burns, face smeared with suncream, sends the third off his hips and away to the boundary. The fourth, squares him up once more. He leaves the fifth and the sixth bounces awkwardly and Burns jabs it away. And breathe.

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It seems to be like Rory Burns goes to face the primary ball. The horror! The horror!

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England want 468 to win.

On the outfield the Australian bowlers are wanting tall and menacing, as Burns and Hameed bump gloves and march into the lion’s den.

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