Australia have played a gamble by not enforcing the follow-on over the English in the third day of the second Ashes Test. The Aussies have lost 4 wickets but still leading by 268 runs in Adelaide.
England were 29/1 overnight with the loss of Mark Stoneman. The third day’s start was not good for the tourists at all when James Vince and Joe Root got dismissed without reaching the double figures.
Alastair Cook showed the intent to get some good form in Australia. But Nathan Lyon got the better of him. The southpaw made 37 off 90 balls with 3 fours in tough period.
Australia brought the collapse in English order. Moeen Ali (25) and Jonny Bairstow (21) became victims of stunning caught and bowled dismissals off Lyon and Mitchell Starc. England were risk of being enforced to follow-on when they lost seven wickets for 142.
Chris Woakes and Craig Overton added frustrating 66 runs for the eighth-wicket, that too the highest of the innings. Woakes fell down for 62-ball 36 (4 fours). England were bowled out for 227 runs in 76.1 overs soom after the dinner break.
Debutant Overton top-scored with 41* off 79 deliveries including 5 boundaries. Lyon scalped four wickets for 60 runs while Starc got 3 for 49. With 215 runs ahead, Australia decided not to enforce follow-on despite night conditions.
The hosts lost 4 wickets in the final session and managed 53 runs in 27 overs. Skipper Steve Smith got dismissed for 6. James Anderson and Woakes took two wickets each.
Australia are 268 runs ahead with six wickets remaining. Peter Handscomb and nightwatchman Lyon are not out at the crease, both on 3*.
Australia 442/8d and 53/4 in 27 overs (Khawaja 20, Warner 14; Woakes 2/13, Anderson 2/16)
England 227 allout in 76.1 overs (Overton 41*, Cook 37; Lyon 4/60, Starc 3/49)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com