January 17, 2022

England collapse puts Australia on top

Fifth Ashes Test, Hobart (day two of five)
Australia 303 (Head 101, Green 74) & 37-3
England 188 (Cummins 4-45)
Australia lead by 152 runs
Scorecard

England’s batting again crumpled before Australia lost late wickets on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart.

Australia closed on 37-3 in their second innings, a lead of 152, at the end of a frenetic day when 17 wickets fell.

England had earlier been bundled out in their first innings for 188 in response to Australia’s 303.

In an awful start typical of England’s miserable tour, Rory Burns was run out for a duck in the second over.

Chris Woakes top-scored with 36 and Joe Root made 34 as a number of England batsmen failed to capitalise after getting in. Captain Pat Cummins led an excellent Australia bowling display by taking 4-45.

Needing to strike early to keep their slim hopes alive, England removed David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne to leave Australia 5-2, with Usman Khawaja then falling to Mark Wood.

Steve Smith was taken to the close by brave nightwatchman Scott Boland and despite the torrid time they were given under the floodlights, Australia are in a strong position for the victory that would see them end the series as 4-0 winners.

England are not completely out of the contest, but it would take a remarkable performance on the third day for them to end a 14-match, 11-year winless streak in Ashes Tests down under.

More to follow.

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