Australia are in the driver’s seat after day two of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval. The hosts are leading by 413 runs at stumps.
Honours were even when Australia finished the first day at 209/4 in 81 overs. With an early start in day two, Stuart Broad trapped Peter Handscomb, on 36, lbw in the third ball of the day.
Tim Paine came in and initially counter-attacked. He and Shaun Marsh put on 85-run stand for the sixth-wicket. Both batsmen were lucky several times when England were on the attack.
Paine left scoring 102-ball 57 with 6 fours and a six. Marsh didn’t stop from scoring runs. He reached his fifth Test century in 213 balls. He and Pat Cummins added valuable runs before dinner.
Cummins, who got off the mark in his 37th ball he faced, made 44 off 90 hitting seven boundaries. He and Marsh added 99 for the eighth-wicket.
Australia declared at 442/8 in 149 overs in the third session. Marsh remained unbeaten on 126 from 231 deliveries including 15 fours and a six. England debutant Craig Overton took three wickets for 105 runs.
England had go through serious bowling from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood under the lights. Result came soon when Mark Stoneman (18) was given lbw off Starc. Rain interrupted Australia’s charge as soon as Cummins bowled one ball.
No more play was possible as match officials called stumps. England are 29/1 in 9.1 overs. Alastair Cook (11*) and James Vince (0*) will be starting the third day for England.
Australia 442/8d in 149 overs (Marsh 126*, Paine 57; Overton 3/105, Broad 2/72)
England 29/1 in 9.1 overs (Stoneman 18, Cook 11*; Starc 1/13)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com