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Ashes 2021, Australia vs England 2nd Test, Day 2 Highlights: ENG struggle at 17/2 as bad weather ends play

Ashes 2021, Australia vs England (AUS vs ENG) 2nd Test, Day 2 Highlights: England limped to 17-2 in 8.4 overs -- still trailing by 456 runs -- before a massive flash of lightning took the players off the field and brought an early closure to the second day’s play.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: December 17, 2021 5:03:55 pm
Australia's Michael Neser, center, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England's Haseeb Hameed during the second day of their Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/James Elsby)

Ashes 2021, Australia vs England (AUS vs ENG) 2nd Test, Day 2 Highlights: Marnus Labuschagne became the first player to hit three centuries in day-night test matches while captain Steve Smith missed out on a ton as Australia strangled England with a powerful total of 473-9 declared in the second Ashes test on Friday.

Labuschagne made 103 and Smith scored 93 before Australia’s tailenders knocked off some quick runs against England’s worn-out bowlers and Australia declared after tea.

England limped to 17-2 in 8.4 overs — still trailing by 456 runs — before a massive flash of lightning took the players off the field and brought an early closure to the second day’s play.

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith(c), Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(w), Michael Neser, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon

England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Match EndedEngland tour of Australia, 2021/22 - 2nd Test

Australia

473/9 dec (150.4) u0026 230/9 dec (61.0)
vs

England

236 (84.1) u0026 192 (113.1)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 2nd Test )
Australia beat England by 275 runs

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Australia vs England (AUS vs ENG) 2nd Test, Day 2 Highlights: Follow the live commentary of the ongoing second Ashes Test between the Steve Smith-led side and the Joe Root-led team.

16:32 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Stumps, Day 2

And it's stumps for Day 2 as an audible has been called and we will be back for Day 3 tomorrow. Wise decision as light drizzle has started as well. ENG are struggling at 17/2 as AUS will look to wipe them out tomorrow. 

16:14 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Halt in play

A massive flash of lightning came across the oval behind Neser as he delivered!! The players are going off now. Will keep you updated as the situation develops.

16:01 (IST)17 Dec 2021
WICKET!!!!

England are trudging along now. Just 12 off the first 6 overs with the loss of 1 wicket. Neser in to bowl the 7th. And gone!!!! Edged and taken by Starc. Neser gets his maiden Test wicket. ENG in trouble already. ENG 12/2 after 6.2 overs.

15:47 (IST)17 Dec 2021
What a (photo)shot
15:46 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Welcome to Test cricket Richardson
15:40 (IST)17 Dec 2021
WICKET!!!

And gone. Starc knocks out Burns again. Edgeddd, bounce, taken at second slip. ENG 1 wicket down. ENG 7/1 after 2.1 overs.

15:34 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Here's the moment of declaration
15:34 (IST)17 Dec 2021
ENG start first innings

England has come in to bat now. Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns on crease. A fired up Starc starts. And a first ball is a wide. Anti-climactic much? Good drive by Hameed to start. Off the mark. 3 runs. And a beautiful 4 by Burns to end the over. ENG 7/0 after 1 over.

15:19 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Australia declare

Richardson hits a 6 in just his second ball. He has launched it. Belted with fury into the stands at midwicket! 8 fielders in the boundary now. Australia declare at 473/8. Ball in England's court now. Looks tough for ENG.

15:15 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Starc's hattrick of 4s

What do you think happened to the next two balls? Back to back boundaries by Starc. The first one on the back foot and thrashed out through point and the second one straight down the ground. And another 4. Just over the keeper's hand. 463/8 after 150 overs.

15:10 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Neser gone

Aaaaaaand gone. Was hit pretty high and Broad got under it. Great catch. Neser walks back after a delightful cameo as AUS lose 8th wicket.

15:09 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Starc joins the party

Starc joins the party and smacks Woakes for a boundary. Slaps the slower delivery in front of square. And is this another drop in an innings full of them? Just got to it but good fielding. Over ends. AUS 448/7 after 149 overs.

15:04 (IST)17 Dec 2021
50 partnership up for Neser, Starc

And another 4 by Neser. Played to backward square leg. Partnership worth 50 now. AUS 440/7 after 148 overs.

14:59 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Neser explodes

What a shot!!! Just swats it away. That is the second 4 of the over by Neser. He is having a party. Woakes is having a nightmare. And a 6 to follow!!! Is this Test cricket? Oh my!!!  Hits it square of the wicket. 16 off this over. AUS 433/7 after 147 overs.

14:53 (IST)17 Dec 2021
England has something to cheer
14:47 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Starc, Neser steady

The last ball of the last over was pulled again for a 4 by Neser. Nice shot. Just evaded the fielder to reach the ropes. These two are slowly settling into a rhythm. 3 runs off this over. AUS 414/7 after 145 overs.

14:35 (IST)17 Dec 2021
400 up for AUS

Australia close to 400 as Starc and Naser take charge. Two fours in this over. AUS 399/7 after 142 overs. And 400 is up for AUS. 

14:28 (IST)17 Dec 2021
AUS start again

Australia are out to bat again. A declaration is probably forthcoming. Joe Root leads his team out. He will look to take these 3 remaining wickets quickly. Starc and Neser in to bat.

14:08 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Carey taken as we go for Tea

And now Carey is gone. Anderson gets his second wicket. We go for a tea break now. AUS lose two quick wickets. AUS 390/7 after 140.4 overs.

14:05 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Maiden 50 for Carey

And a 50 for Carey. Vey well deserved one. It's his maiden 50. 3 off this over ultimately. AUS 388/6 after 140 overs.

Australia Squad: Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (captain), Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc.

England Squad: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jack Leach.

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