England bounce back on day 2 of 5th and final Ashes Test and Australia took a tiny lead of 12 runs, posted 295/10.

England bounce back on day 2 of the 5th and final Ashes test, Australia took a tiny lead of 12 runs.

  England bounce back on day 2 of the 5th and final Ashes test, and Australia took a tiny lead of 12 runs here in The Oval, London.

England bounce back on day 2, and Australia took a small lead of 12 runs.
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     Key Highlights of Day 2 : [ 1 ] Bad news came for England, Moeen Ali is injured.

     [ 2 ] Whether forecast: A Little Shower may interrupt a little.

      [ 3 ]  Australia resume the day 2  with 61/1 in 25 overs (Usman Khawaja 26*, David Warner 24; Chris Woakes 1/8).

     [ 4 ] Joe Root came in the top five fielders in Test cricket.

     [ 5 ] Broad completed his 150 wickets against Australia in Test matches.

     [ 6 ] Root on top against Carey.

     [ 7 ] England bounce back on day 2 of the 5th and final Ashes test.

     The bad news for England is that Moeen Ali won’t also be taking the field today. He stretched his groin while batting yesterday and didn’t take the field in the final session when Australia came to bat. It seems like he’s still in discomfort and won’t be able to take the field today as well. A huge blow for England.

     It’s cloudy in London. The forecast says there is a slight chance of rain during today’s play.

     Australia resumed day 2  with 61/1 in 25 overs (Usman Khawaja 26*, David Warner 24; Chris Woakes 1/8).

     2nd wicket of Australia fall in the form of Labuschagne Mark Wood came into the attack Labuschagne was gone, caught at first slip by Joe Root. A brilliant one-handed catch by Root, diving to his left. Labuschagne went for nine off 82 balls. Australia 91/2 in 43 overs.

   With this catch, Joe Root came in the top five fielders in Test cricket.

   Root’s catch was his 182nd in Test cricket, taking him past Mark Waugh’s 181. He’s now fifth in the list top catchers in Tests.

1) Rahul Dravid – 210

2) Mahela Jayawardene – 205

3) Jacques Kallis – 200

4) Ricky Ponting – 196

5) Joe Root – 182

      At lunch, Australia put a total of  115/2.

Moeen Ali is injured at batting on day one by stretched his groin.
Joe Root took a brilliant catch and came in the top 5 fielders in test cricket
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    McGrath says for  Warner, this could be his last match.

     Legendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath said David Warner’s career could be “coming towards an end” unless the veteran opener scores big in the second innings of the ongoing fifth and final Ashes Test against England.

     Warner has scored just 225 runs in the nine innings in this Ashes at a mediocre average of 25.00, which includes only one half-century (66) that he made during the second Test at Lord’s.

     Khwaja got out in the first over just after lunch, LBW  by Stuart Broad. Khwaja scored 47 runs in 157 balls with the help of  7 fours. This was a wicket maiden by Broad and the team total was 115/3.

     Khwaja’s wicket was Broad’s 150th  wicket against Australia in Test matches. 

     Broad struck again in his next over and got the wicket of Travis Head. Australia were at 127/4 in 54 overs. Two quick wickets to start the session for England. Another successful over for Broad and England.

completed 150 wicket against Australia.
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    Anderson into the attack and he gets Mitchell Marsh OUT. England was on top here in the 2nd session and got 3 wickets in quick succession. Australia lost half of the side in 151/5 still 132 runs behind from England’s total of 283 runs. A successful over  comes to an end.

     A wicket after 213 balls for Anderson. James Anderson picked a wicket after 213 balls. His previous wicket was of Pat Cummins in the first innings of the fourth Test. 

     Alex Carey and Joe Root rivalry. Sweetly timed that by Carey! A SIX over long-on but Root gets his man on the very next ball. Six down Australia! Eventful over came to an end. Australia 170/6.

     Quite a remarkable stat -Carey vs Root in Tests

     Runs: 47 || Balls: 102 || Dismissals: 4 || Avg: 11.75. Root on top against Carey.

     Wood took Starc and Australia was 186/7 and it’s Tea.

     Smith and Cummins have slowly helped Australia fight back with a fifty-run stand. As a result, Australia now trails only by 48 runs. This has been a fighting partnership and England will get restless at this rate. They need a wicket badly. But Smith and Australia captain Pat Cummins (36) kept England in check with an eighth-wicket stand of 54 runs. 

    He struggled to dismiss Steven Smith, but after a controversial run-out third umpire Niton Menon ruled in favor of the batsman, after several minutes of study, replays showed that there was no ground before Smith took the field. The bell was not completely removed from its slot. If England loses a few runs, it will go in their favor. Smith completed his half-century in 98 balls.

     It looked as though the former Australia skipper, who had three hundred in his last four Tests at the Oval, might again go for the three-figure mark until he carelessly dropped Bairstow off Chris Woakes. Smith handed a catch to Bairstow off Chris Woakes. Chris Woakes was successful in achieving great success by taking three wickets, but the English bowlers once again gave a lot of runs to the middle and lower order. 

     Woakes break this partnership and got the wicket of Smith [ 71 runs 123 balls with 6 fours. ] England needed this wicket badly. Australia’s score was  239/8.

     Another 49-run  partnership between Todd Murphy and skipper Cummins brings out Australia from getting trail. But Woakes strike again and trapped Murphy in front. Woakes did his job and break both the crucial partnerships. Australia 292/9.

      Now Root came to strike and took the wicket of the skipper Cummins on the very first ball of his over. Cummins scored 36 runs in 86 balls with 4  boundaries. Australia all out on 295 runs and took a small lead of 12 runs 295/10.

     Steve Smith scored 71 runs and got good support from the lower order to get the lead after a middle-order collapse. Australia batted for almost double the overs and took a lead of 12 runs in the process. We saw two different approaches from the two sides and both were entertaining to watch. Australia, 2-1 up in the series and bidding to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001 were bowled out just before the close. The day has been an entertaining one. Things were dull until lunch.

     Australia, as the holders, are assured of retaining the Ashes at 2-1 up, and only need to avoid defeat at The Oval to secure their first Test series win away to England in 22 years. 

     Moeen Ali remained off the field with the groin injury the off-spinner suffered while batting on Thursday.         

     Woakes took three wickets while Broad, Wood, and Root took two each. Anderson got one wicket. England will try to score as many runs as possible as it only trails by 12 runs on the third day of the match. 

     England bounce back on day 2 of the 5th and final Ashes test. England holds a strong lead on day 2 of the Ashes over Australia.