Australia vs England 2nd Test Day 5 Highlights – Dec 20, 2021

England had a chance of winning this second test match when the home team Australia were four down at 55 in their second innings. But the England bowlers failed to keep the pressure on the Australian batsmen. In the second innings of the England team, the opener of their team Rory Burns scored 34 runs, and out, Haseeb Hameed has gone with duck. Dawid Malan scored 20 runs, Joe Root (c) 24, Ben Stokes 12, Ollie Pope 4, Jos Buttler † scored 26 runs off 207 deliveries. Chris Woakes 44, Ollie Robinson 8, Stuart Broad 9 not out. England faced 113.1 overs in their second innings all out with 192 runs on the board. Jhye Richardson took five wickets in 19.1 overs and gave 42 runs. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took two wickets each and the remaining one wicket was taken by Michael Neser.

The Ashes 2nd Test (D/N), Australia vs England Highlights today, Monday 20-12-2021, from Adelaide Oval.

Steven Smith win the toss and chose to bowl second.

Australia team: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith (c), Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Michael Neser, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon.
England team: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

Form guide
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Australia: WLDLW
England: LLWLD

Match Timings: 04:00 GMT | 14:30 Local
Umpires – Paul Wilson, Rod Tucker
TV Umpires – Paul Reiffel
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Sam Nogajski
Match number – Test no. 2441

Root: “The reason it’s disappointing is that we made the same mistakes. I think we could have bowled a lot fuller, and with the bat, we need to be better, make bigger scores, and apply better. The second innings is the attitude and desire we need. It’s frustrating because we know we are better. Easy to look at selection and tactics, but we’ll address those ahead of the next game. You try to find what you think will exploit the conditions, it’s not just the wickets, the ball under lights. We thought there would be more movement. A stat saying the least amount of movement at the ground, which was remarkable. We weren’t brave enough at times to get the ball up there and get them driving. Lessons learned, we have to be better in the next game. It was heartbreaking to see [Buttler] get out like that, it showed the desire you need out here. His mentality, in particular, was outstanding.”

Post Match Presentation.

Steve Smith:

“I wouldn’t say nervous, Buttler showed some resistance, he’s normally a bit of a dasher, but plenty of time and we thought a couple of good balls, a couple of wickets. I had fun this week, enjoyed it, and the guys played well, controlled the game from the first day, and declared where we wanted to declare, and bowl where we wanted to bowl. Mitchell Starc was exceptional and led the attack really well. He summed it up quickly, not a great deal of swing so bashed a good length, across the right-handers, in a great rhythm and proud of how he went about his business.

Cam Green

, the guys inside didn’t want him to bowl at all, manage his workload, held him back as long as I could. Ideally, we wouldn’t have bowled him today.” Intriguing. Not injured as such, just being looked after, mid-Ashes. That’s an interesting reflection on the gap between the teams!”

The Player of the Match is Marnus Labuschagne:

“I think we just stuck it out, certain periods it was really tough. Davey [Warner] batted exceptionally well, he put pressure back on, I tried to absorb it, it’s a good combination for batting. I talk to myself out there, a bit of reinforcement to keep me switched on and focused and in the game. To get the win is very special, we drove the Test match and didn’t let England in. My first Ashes ton, nice to convert one but disappointed not to make it a big one after a few chances.”

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