Australia take slow road || австралия идет медленной

Australia take lower order contributes crucial runs as the fifth Test moves towards an elimination round

Australia take slow road || австралия идет медленной

Moeen Ali, who suffered a groyne injury while batting on the first day, spent the majority of England’s four seamers’ 20-over spells second in the changing area. The offensive leader was Chris Woakes, but Stuart Broad, ended up with a 3-for-61 total.

Australia laboured for the majority of the morning session, scoring just 13 runs in the first hour of action. However, the game’s momentum changed when Smith entered the crease following Joe Root’s brilliant takedown of Marnus Labuschagne at slip.

Usman Khawaja and Travis Head were removed by Broad in his first two overs after the break, opening the game up. Neither Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, nor Mitchell Starc were able to reach 20 as England anticipated having a sizable advantage.

However, Australia began to cut the gap as Smith survived a questionable decision from TV umpire Nitin Menon on a run-out opportunity and Cummins overturned a lbw decision.
Murphy played his shots from No. 10, hooking Mark Wood for his first, second, and third professional sixes before flicking a single off his pads to the long leg to put them in the lead.

When Joe Root was swiped down the pitch by Cummins after Woakes had just run out Murphy, Ben Stokes had already taken a fast catch on the boundary at long-on.
It resulted in a first-inning lead of only 12 runs, turning the fifth Test into a one-inning shootout.

Prior to lunch, Australia added 54 runs in 26 overs as the first session dragged on Labuschagne was particularly obstinate, taking over 90 minutes just to add seven runs to his overnight score. The conditions were gloomy and cloudy, favouring England’s seamers. Khawaja and Labuschagne chose staunch defence.

A moment of individual brilliance was required to get rid of him.
Halfway down the pitch, Mark Wood slammed one in, drawing an outside edge that went into the space between Jonny Bairstow and Root at first slip.Root, despite responding slowly, lunged low to his left and seized the ball as Bairstow dropped it for him.

Khawaja remained uninjured and made it through lunch, but he was dismissed for 47 after five balls.
Broad caught him on the knee roll, and his assessment was positive. Broad ignited the crowd in the conventional way by departing from England’s traditional short-ball approach against Travis Head. He secured his outside edge and whirled around in joy after going completely outside off stump.

or so it seems at first. Menon’s ‘not out’ verdict came up on the big screen, and the audience booed because he wasn’t sure that the shorter piece of the first bail that was
dislodged had left the top of the stumps by the time that Smith’s bat had passed the popping crease. Smith exhaled a sigh of relief before pummeling Broad into the ground until he reached 50.

After Murphy swiped Wood away over a long leg and England went short to him, they gave up on that strategy. Then, a flip from Anderson gave Australia a slim lead. His biggest contribution to this game will come on Saturday as he seeks to stop England from putting up a fight. He scored 34 important runs before Woakes leg-before-trapped him.
a substantial fourth-innings target.

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