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

10.52pm EST

22:52

“All power to you writing this blog today, Pez,” says JG.

“You can’t polish a turd…but you can dip it in glitter!”

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We’re firmly within the gallows, aren’t we?

10.50pm EST

22:50

Need a refresh on yesterday? Here’s Jonathan Liew on “a sometimes comical” day 4 in Adelaide (for England).

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10.37pm EST

22:37

Bit happening within the press field yesterday

Here’s Geoff Lemon explaining what went down, and what it would imply for the remainder of the collection.

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10.35pm EST

22:35

Adelaide’s climate is ok, effective, effective

I’m attempting to conjure causes for England to be hopeful. Weather isn’t one. It’s effective and sunny for your complete afternoon, and clear into the night.

Australia v England - 2nd Test: Day 5

Australia v England – 2nd Test: Day 5

Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

10.22pm EST

22:22

Preamble

Hello all and salutations. If you’re nonetheless up in England to savour the ultimate throes of this Test, I don’t know what to say. Are you OK? Why?

No, all energy to you. Wouldn’t or not it’s unbelievable if by some unbelievable twist England left Adelaide solely 1-0 down?

But, that may be very unlikely to occur. Instead, we collect right this moment to witness the administering of final rites and all that. Australia wants six wickets, England want to attain both infinite runs or bat infinite time. Or no less than that’s the way it feels. Judging from Nathan Lyon’s flip final night time, life goes to be very troublesome certainly for the boys who are available after Joe Root.

At the identical time, issues are beginning to really feel slightly dicey on the Covid entrance. I’m advised a big swathe of print journos and broadcasters have escaped Adelaide for Melbourne. Though the press could get pleasure from considering itself essential to the supply of the sport – the purpose is extra essential because it underscores rising worry the virus could also be about to compromise all.

Anyway, I’m right here to parse primarily the previous, however because it develops, probably the latter, too. Is there any hope on both entrance? Let me know. I’m at [email protected] or on Twitter at @sjjperry. First ball is in 40 minutes or so. Stokes and Pope … is there any mild right here?

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