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Updated on: Saturday, January 15, 2022, 12:47 PM IST

Ashes 2021-22: England lose openers, trails Australia by 269 runs on Day 2

Rory Burns, recalled for the final test, was run-out for a duck while going for a needless run and Travis Head took a sharp catch from Zak Crawley at forward short leg as England reached 34-2 at the dinner break on the second day.
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Hobart: England's top-order batting woes continued in the Ashes after Australia's tailenders led them to 303 all out in its first innings in the fifth day-night test on Saturday.

Rory Burns, recalled for the final test, was run-out for a duck while going for a needless run and Travis Head took a sharp catch from Zak Crawley at forward short leg as England reached 34-2 at the dinner break on the second day.

England, which has already lost the Ashes after losing the first three test matches and drawing at Sydney, still trails by 269 runs with Dawid Malan batting on 9 and captain Joe Root not out on 3.

In the second over of the tourist's innings, Marnus Labuschagne's direct hit throw caught Burns short of his crease after Crawley called for a single which was never there.

Crawley was then brilliantly caught by Travis Head reaching high above his head for 18 as the batsman got a big inside edge onto his pad which Head claimed on the second attempt from a sharp Pat Cummins delivery.

Nathan Lyon (31) had earlier scored half of the runs Australia added in the afternoon after resuming at 241-6.

Mark Wood (3-115) took two quick wickets of Mitchell Starc (3) and Cummins (2) but Lyon hit the fast bowler for three sixes and a square driven boundary much to the frustration of England.

Alex Carey played onto his stumps from Chris Woakes (2-64) after scoring 24 off 60 balls, but Lyon added 23 runs for the last wicket with Scott Boland (10 not out).

Stuart Broad wrapped up the innings when he clipped the bail to bowl Lyon and finish with 3-59, but England sorely missed Ollie Robinson (2-24), who had back spasms and couldn't bowl after delivering eight overs on day 1.

Robinson had Australia on the mat at 12-3 inside the first 10 overs, including an opening spell that removed David Warner and Steve Smith for ducks on Friday, before Head's second century of the series and an invaluable 74 by Cameron Green rescued Australia's innings.

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Published on: Saturday, January 15, 2022, 12:47 PM IST
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