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Ashes 2021, Australia vs England 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: AUS lead by 282 runs at stumps

Ashes 2021, Australia vs England (AUS vs ENG) 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: Australia in command of the second Ashes test, with the home side taking a 282-run lead to stumps on day three with nine wickets in hand.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: December 18, 2021 6:03:30 pm
England's Jos Buttler, second right, smiles after running out Australia's David Warner during the third day of their Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/James Elsby)

Ashes 2021, Australia vs England (AUS vs ENG) 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: Mitchell Starc’s milestone in day-night test matches has left Australia in command of the second Ashes test, with the home side taking a 282-run lead to stumps on day three with nine wickets in hand.

England capitulated from 150-2 to be all out for 236 in reply to Australia’s first-innings total of 473-9 declared.

Australia captain Steve Smith decided against enforcing the follow-on before the home side went to stumps Saturday at 45-1 with David Warner the man run out after a mid-wicket mix-up.

Under-pressure opener Marcus Harris survived both that and a crucial 17-over period under lights to finish unbeaten on 21 along with nightwatchman Michael Neser (2).

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


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


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 3 Highlights: Follow the live commentary of the ongoing second Ashes Test between the Steve Smith-led side and the Joe Root-led team.

16:59 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Day 3 Stumps

Final over of the day and Root has come in to bowl. And done. It's stumps for day 3. England has all the work to do tomorrow while Australia will be pretty happy with what they have achieved. They'll probably bat till tea tomorrow and give it back to England. An exciting day of cricket beckons. Australia lead by 282 runs. See you all tomorrow!!

16:47 (IST)18 Dec 2021

And gone. After such a good start, a miscommunication brings an end to Australia's opening partnership. Warner walks. AUS 41/1 after 14 overs.

16:28 (IST)18 Dec 2021
AUS ticking along nicely

Australia are ticking along nicely. A boundary here and a boundary there and they are in quite the advantageous position. In the last 2 overs Harris has hit them around the field. AUS 34/0 after 9 overs.

16:13 (IST)18 Dec 2021

What a shot by Werner for a 4. Times it to perfection. Gone to sweeper cover. 4 from that over by Broad. Australia 17/0 after 6 overs.

15:58 (IST)18 Dec 2021
AUS begin second innings

Harris and Werner open for AUS and have started steady with a boundary already coming in the first over. After 2 overs of Broad and Anderson, Australia are 6/0.

15:42 (IST)18 Dec 2021
ENG end on 236, trail by 237 runs

After much toil, Australia manage to scalp the last wicket! Starc dismisses Broad (9) with the help of a Head catch. In the end, England fall 38 runs short of the follow-on target but Australia decide to bat. Not enforcing the follow-on! ENG: 236 (84.1 overs)

15:13 (IST)18 Dec 2021

After punishing Lyon with a six and a boundary in the previous over, Stokes (34) fails to maintain his fiery momentum. Green knocks the star all-rounder over in a huge moment of the contest! Under-edge and crashing into the stumps. ENG: 220/9 (79.3 overs)

15:09 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Stokes hits first six of innings!
14:47 (IST)18 Dec 2021

The budding partnership doesn't last long! Lyon continues his spell and he forces Woakes (24) to play himself on! The ball spins back in, takes the inside edge, and breaches the gap between bat and pad to crash into the stumps! ENG: 202/7 (74.5 overs)

14:44 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Final session underway!

Neser restarts the proceedings and keeps it tight against Stokes and Woakes. England are taking it slow. ENG: 201/6 (74 overs)

14:14 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Tea break!

Two more fours from Woakes (23*) as Stokes (12*) plays the anchor role, hoping to rebuild the innings. ENG: 197/6 (71 overs)

14:04 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Woakes finds some rhythm!

Woakes (13*) decides to wake up from his slumber and hits Richardson for three boundaries in two overs. ENG: 187/6 (69 overs)

13:47 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Stokes, Woakes hold fort for visitors

England are in trouble now! From 150/2, the visitors have suffered quite the collapse with the latest dismissal being Buttler (0), who fell to Starc's bowling. Stokes (9*) and Woakes (0*) try to put up some defence, hoping to survive till tea. ENG: 171/6 (65 overs)

13:13 (IST)18 Dec 2021
ENG continue to fall like pack of cards!

Lyon finally has his first wicket! After bowling 17 overs, the spinner helps Australia roar back in style as he dismisses Pope (5) off a catch by Labuschagne. Inside edge and it's well taken at short leg. On the other end, Stokes is on 2*. ENG: 164/5 (57 overs)

12:52 (IST)18 Dec 2021

Edged and taken by Smith at slip! Starc strikes big off the fifth ball of his new spell. Malan walks back on 80. ENG: 157/4 (52 overs)

12:27 (IST)18 Dec 2021

A big, big wicket! Green breaks the partnership! Root walks back on 62 after getting a healthy edge to first slip. Smith completes the catch with ease and gives Australia some respite on the third day. On comes Stokes to partner Malan. ENG: 150/3 (45.4 overs)

12:20 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Second session underway!

Root (62*) starts the second session, facing against Green. He takes on the rookie and guides one away through the gap between the gully and slip. In the next over, Malan (73*) punishes Lyon with his ninth boundary of the innings. ENG: 150/2 (44 overs)

11:32 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Time for some dinner!

Just the session England needed! Root (57*) and Malan (68*) will resume play after the dinner break. ENG: 140/2 (41 overs)

11:21 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Root brings up his 52nd Test fifty!

After forging the 100-run partnership, the batters march on confidently, hitting the occasional boundaries. Facing Richardson, Root (53*) hits his sixth four of the innings and brings up his 52nd Test fifty! On the other end, Malan's on 67*. ENG: 134/2 (39 overs)

10:45 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Malan hits ninth Test fifty!

Singles galore at the Adelaide Oval now! Malan (51*) brings up his ninth Test fifty with one against Neser. ENG: 98/2 (30 overs)

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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