Once again in the series England were bowled out cheaply by the Mighty Aussies. England bowled out for 188 in the first innings of the fifth test on Day 2 in Hobart. Australia’s lead was extended from 115 to 152 at the end of Days play. England bowlers gave some hope to cheer as they managed to pick three quick wickets before the stumps.
Pat Cummins took 4 wickets and Mitchell Starc took 3 for 53 while Chris Woakes was England’s top-scorer with 36 runs to his name. Australia added just 62 runs to their over night score and lost all four remaining wickets. England’s failure to get near the 300-score yet again in the high quality series left them with plenty of problems to solve.
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The England bowlers produced a start similar to the first innings. They removed Australia’s top three – David Warner, Usman Khawaja (11) and Marnus Labuschagne (5) – under the floodlights inside 15 overs. Steven Smith (17*) and Boland (3*) then survived 29 balls to keep Australia in the driver’s seat.
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Brief scores: Australia 303 (Travis Head 101; Stuart Broad 3-59) and 37/3 (Steven Smith 17*; Stuart Broad 1-9) lead England 188 (Chris Woakes 36; Pat Cummins 4-45) by 152 runs.