• Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Ashes 2023: England Fight Back on Day 2 of Third Test

England fought back on day two of the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley, reducing the tourists’ lead to 142 runs at stumps.

Australia had built a commanding lead of 26 runs at lunch, but England’s bowlers struck in the afternoon session to reduce the deficit. Ben Stokes top-scored for England with 80, while Mark Wood hit 39 off 21 balls in a late cameo.

Australia’s Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh were unbeaten on 18 and 17 respectively at stumps. Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers for Australia, taking 6-91. The third day of the match is expected to be a crucial one, with England needing to reduce Australia’s lead further if they are to have any chance of winning the match.

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Here are the key moments from day two:

  • Australia started the day well, adding 58 runs to their overnight score before Stuart Broad dismissed David Warner for 24.
  • Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith then put on 50 for the second wicket, but Moeen Ali struck twice in quick succession to remove both batsmen.
  • England’s bowlers continued to attack, and Mitchell Starc was run out for 11 to leave Australia 116-4 at tea.
  • Stokes and Wood then added 57 for the seventh wicket, before Stokes was dismissed for 80.
  • Wood hit 39 off 21 balls, but England were eventually bowled out for 237.
  • Head and Marsh batted well for Australia in the evening session, and they will be looking to build on their partnership on day three.

The next day of play will begin at 11:00am local time (10:00am GMT).

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