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

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Solely the sunshine covers are on, and there are many individuals nonetheless out within the center, together with the umpires. This delay shouldn’t be lengthy.

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Rain stops play

61.5 overs: Australia 163-3 (Smith 29, Khawaja 17) Anderson thinks he’s an opportunity when Smith performs round his entrance pad in entrance of his stumps, however like he has on so many events Smith will get wooden on ball and glances a few runs to effective leg.

There’s an odd second mid-over, as drizzle drifts over the SCG and Smith begins to stroll off, solely to be recalled by the umpires and advised to play on. Smith has been very fast to get off the bottom at each attainable rain break alternative.

After which two deliveries later he will get his want and the groundstaff cost on prefer it’s a royal rumble.


{Photograph}: Dean Lewins/EPA

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61st over: Australia 160-3 (Smith 26, Khawaja 17) A uncommon maiden from Leach. Khawaja unable to pierce the sector with the ball spinning into him from exterior off stump.

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sixtieth over: Australia 160-3 (Smith 26, Khawaja 17) Smith calmly defuses one other Anderson over, nurdling a few runs behind sq. leg for his troubles. Australia are an hour into the day and cruising.

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Leach can be bowling quite a bit faster than he often does. He is averaging 87.2 kph this sequence – the quickest he is bowled in a sequence by far. As compared, he is bowling 3 kph faster than his profession common pace of 84.1 kph earlier than the beginning of the sequence. #Ashes

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59th over: Australia 158-3 (Smith 24, Khawaja 17) Extra who-knows-what from Leach and England. Neither attacking or defending, Australia are milking runs at will, and exhibiting how a lot confidence he has within the match-up, Khawaja reverse sweeps extravagantly for 4.

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58th over: Australia 152-3 (Smith 23, Khawaja 12) Rain delay, what rain delay? After the temporary interruption Smith straight drives Anderson for 4. He appears to be like in good order right this moment.

Andrew Benton is on-line. “‘It’s actually not apparent what England are attempting to realize…’ Jonathan, you have to know by now that all the pieces England does is one massive studying expertise and that they’ll take that studying and apply it subsequent time. See in the event that they don’t.” Ahem.

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The bathe has nearly blown by way of, and we’ll be again on shortly. No overs misplaced.

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Rain stops play

57.3 overs: Australia 148-3 (Smith 19, Khawaja 12) A squally bathe has simply blown throughout the SCG. It doesn’t look set in, however the gamers are jogging off in the meanwhile.

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57th over: Australia 147-3 (Smith 19, Khawaja 11) Extra Leach. less difficult runs for Australia. It’s actually not apparent what England are attempting to realize with their spinner with gaps everywhere for the batters to choose at will, and no clear plan of assault for taking wickets.

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56th over: Australia 145-3 (Smith 18, Khawaja 10) Anderson is settling into his work to Khawaja, slanting the ball throughout the left-hander, however he’s but to discover a penetrating line and size. Australia have settled into the day properly.

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fifty fifth over: Australia 144-3 (Smith 17, Khawaja 10) Jack Leach has been thrown the ball early on day two. From an England perspective there’s not a lot to get enthusiastic about – not helped by an ultra-defensive discipline – and Australia advance their rating by 4 with the minimal of fuss.

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54th over: Australia 140-3 (Smith 14, Khawaja 9) After his early burst, Wooden makes approach for Anderson, and the veteran exhibits he’s nonetheless bought some spite, rapping Khawaja on his knuckles with a supply that launched off a size. Haseeb Hameed’s closely strapped fingers have to be quivering within the discipline. After the strike is rotated Anderson beats Smith’s exterior edge (round a sixth-stump line). Good begin from the document breaker.

Colum Fordham has joined in. “It’s all very nicely to pick Jimmy Anderson and Joe Root as our Check stars – and they’re undoubtedly are – who don’t characteristic in white ball cricket (though Root does play in ODIs). However Australia have simply gained the T20 World Cup with Hazlewood and Starc as their strike bowlers and lots of the Aussie workforce play equally nicely in all codecs (Warner is a shining instance as a batsman). How do India, Australia and New Zealand, to call only a few cricket-playing nations, handle to play so nicely in all codecs of the sport?

I believe one of many ECB’s many errors during the last 5 or so years has been to focus virtually fully on white ball cricket, neglecting Check cricket (and county cricket together with it) however nonetheless attempt to milk check cricket for the kudos and the filthy lucre (Ashes excursions), inviting Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa to tour England in troublesome circumstances, however backing out of away excursions on the first alternative (noticeably Pakistan).”

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53rd over: Australia 139-3 (Smith 14, Khawaja 9) Broad fancies his possibilities to Khawaja, with that Warner-wicket line from across the wicket, however his try to construct strain is undone when the batter does nicely to rotate the strike halfway by way of the over. Broad then sends down a rank supply miles down the legside that Smith takes the P out of with an exaggerated entrance foot go away. Smirks throughout. A pleasant reflection of the spirit of this sequence.

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52nd over: Australia 138-3 (Smith 14, Khawaja 8) Wooden gives Khawaja some width to drive and the Australian takes benefit, hanging crisply sq. for his first three runs of the day. Smith then pulls with nice management a really nicely directed bouncer. It solely leads to a simple single, however that was glorious cricket all spherical. Wooden adjusts his strategy to across the wicket to Khawaja, however he loses his line and concedes a simple leg-side run.

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{Photograph}: Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Photos

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51st over: Australia 133-3 (Smith 13, Khawaja 4) A few thick edge squirts behind level earn Smith 4 runs and a bonus Broad teapot. A classic Smith step to off and simple push to leg earns a pair extra. Then he indicators to the pavilion for extra gloves, 18 minutes into the day.

Tim Lane on the Channel 7 commentary simply stated that Steve Smith is respiratory down the neck of his coach, speaking over a graphic exhibiting the main run-scorers within the historical past of Australian cricket. Now I can’t rid my thoughts of the Ghost pottery scene taking part in out within the Australian dressing room.

That is humorous.

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fiftieth over: Australia 127-3 (Smith 7, Khawaja 4) Mark Wooden is coming over the wicket to Usman Khawaja, attempting to slant the ball throughout the left-hander. Khawaja leaves neatly and defends from the crease with delicate palms to see off a maiden. Australia beginning the morning conservatively.

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forty ninth over: Australia 127-3 (Smith 7, Khawaja 4) Broad, after his solitary supply warm-up, sends down a good over to Smith, doing his greatest to bowl full and straight.

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forty eighth over: Australia 127-3 (Smith 7, Khawaja 4) Mark Wooden is entrusted with the primary full over the day, which pleases Ricky Ponting. And his additional tempo checks Steve Smith, his third supply beating Smith’s tried pull and inducing an ungainly deflection off arm guard and thigh pad. The fidgety run machine then rotates the strike neatly, and Khawaja sees off the remainder.

I don’t assume we have to concern ourselves with misplaced overs simply but.

William Key

@JPHowcroft Morning. Regardless of the probabilities of rain, absolutely Australia can nonetheless win, given they solely want 2 and a half days to win a check match?

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forty seventh over: Australia 126-3 (Smith 6, Khawaja 4) Stuart Broad sends down a good supply to finish the forty seventh over that was curtailed by rain final night time, and we’re underway.

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Proper, the gamers are out, day two shall be underway in a jiffy.

Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith check the weather on their way onto the field.

Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith verify the climate on their approach onto the sector. {Photograph}: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

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“The place do you come down on the concept of getting a multi-format Ashes?” asks Ben Mimmack, little question prompted by Jonathan Liew’s remark piece on the concept. “Granted, I’m a middle-aged fogey however I simply don’t get pleasure from watching every other format as a lot as I do Checks, so a multi-format sequence can be inherently much less attention-grabbing for me. Plus, I can’t assist however really feel it could find yourself hastening the top of standard check sequence.”

I’m open minded. I’m involved we may be attempting to repair one thing that isn’t damaged, and find yourself in a world of disastrous unintended penalties. But in addition, the logic of Jonathan’s argument is troublesome to refute. In an age when cricket’s international calendar should absolutely be up for revision, is a standalone five-Check sequence with no preparation match for objective?

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“Hello Jonathan,” hi there Peter Salmon. “The query I’ve at this level is does Australia have already got sufficient runs?” Ooh, you cheeky scamp.

And sure, most likely, for his or her first innings. Though perhaps not for an innings victory fairly but.

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It’s heat, humid, and gusty on the SCG. There’s a small danger of showers, however the odds are on our aspect for a full day’s play. The wonderful pitch, with tempo, bounce, and loads of grass, is getting a heavy roll.

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Andy Bull has had sufficient of Ashley Giles.

If Giles is correct and extra systemic change is required, the urgent query is whether or not, given his monitor document within the job, he’s the best man to steer it, provided that he made such a multitude of the (well-intentioned) rotation coverage, and the error of binning the top selector to load extra accountability onto the coach.

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Ramaswamy has dropped by with a conspiracy bomb. “Pat Cummins selected to bat after profitable the toss solely to increase the Check into day 4, to maximise the McGrath Basis’s fundraising. The showers will assist, after all. That is one ‘repair’ that I’ve to applaud.” I wouldn’t put it previous Publish-Tim Pat to even be in charge of the climate and dose out showers at an acceptable hole to make sure the Check reaches the ultimate session of day 5 with all outcomes nonetheless on the road.

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Andrew Biggs wins the Academy Award for the primary e-mail of the day, commenting on the connection between England’s standout purple ball performers and their lack of white ball publicity. Coincidence? He thinks not. “England’s two greatest cricketers have for various causes not performed white ball cricket. Jimmy took a call to not, to lengthen his profession and Root has been neglected.”

That’s clearly going to must be central to England’s debrief. As Mike Atherton’s masterplan for the best way ahead indicated, absolutely it’s time for specialist coaches for every self-discipline, and I believe, as a pathway for nearly distinct identities for every class.

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Mark Wooden bowled with uncooked tempo on the SCG yesterday, however he was no assure to line up within the England XI after a “tough night time” with sickness.

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Geoff Lemon has regarded on the newest episode within the Stuart Broad v David Warner epic.

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Right here’s Barney Ronay’s tackle a 24-hour interval during which Check cricket flourished in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.

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Begin your day of cricket by listening to Geoff Lemon, Adam Collins, and Emma John chew the fats.

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Hey everyone and welcome to stay over-by-over protection of the second day of the fourth Ashes Check. We’re underway on the Sydney Cricket Floor at 10am native time (11pm UK).

That’s proper, we’re underway half an hour sooner than traditional right this moment – though it’d really feel like an hour earlier, contemplating what number of delayed begins there have been this sequence for one motive or one other.

There wasn’t an entire heap to wax lyrical about yesterday as a result of the various showers floating round Sydney prevented any rhythm to the play. The pitch appears to be like good for batting, however there’s sufficient help for the bowlers in the event that they put the ball in the best areas typically sufficient. David Warner regarded in good nick earlier than his nemesis Stuart Broad did what he often does. James Anderson discovered some swing however lacked precision. Mark Wooden was fast. Marcus Harris consolidated his standing on the high of the order after his runs on the MCG.

Right here’s how Ali Martin noticed issues from the SCG press field.

The forecast right this moment continues to be showery, however there may be far much less danger of any interruptions to play. The Check ought to transfer ahead significantly within the prolonged periods.

If you want to affix in, you’ll be able to attain me by e-mail or Twitter (@JPHowcroft).

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