Khawaja, Smith put Aus on top

Australia are on top after the end of the second day of the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Although England still have the lead.

Khawaja, Smith put Aus on top

England were 233/5 overnight after losing Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow late in the day. Dawid Malan was sent back for 180-ball 62 by Mitchell Starc, who took his second wicket in the innings.

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Moeen Ali (30), Tom Curran (39) and Mason Crane (31 off 32) made valuable contributions to the English scorecard. England were bowled out for 346 runs in 112.3 overs before the lunch break. Pat Cummins scalped four wickets for 80 runs.

In reply, Australia lost Cameron Bancroft for a duck. David Warner and Usman Khawaja then put on 85 for the second wicket. Warner brought up his 27th half-century. He made 104-ball 56 with 6 boundaries.

Australia lost both their openers before tea. Aussie captain Steve Smith carried on his form with Khawaja, who found his feet this innings. Smith became the second-fastest to 6000 Test runs on his way.

Khawaja reached his fifty in 107 balls. He and Smith made sure Australia don’t lose a wicket till the end of the day. The third-wicket pair is currently on 107* runs. Khawaja is eyeing a sixth Test hundred. He is unbeaten on 204-ball 91* including 7 fours and a six. Smith is on 44* off 88 with 3 fours.

Australia are 193/2 in 67 overs. They are trailing by 153 runs with 8 wickets in hand. Stuart Broad and James Anderson have shared the two wickets between them.

 

Brief scores:

England 346 allout in 112.3 overs (Root 83, Malan 62; Cummins 2/80, Hazlewood 2/65)

Australia 193/2 in 67 overs (Khawaja 91*, Warner 54; Anderson 1/25, Broad 1/28)

 

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com