Rain postponed the beginning of day three and abandoned Australia waiting to push for an Ashes-retaining success.
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England – who has to avoid defeat to be able to keep his hopes of regaining the urn alive – closed day two on 23-1, a colossal 474 runs behind Australia’s Steve Smith-inspired 497-8 declared.
Joe Denly (4), with swapped places in the arrangement with Jason Roy, has been dismissed with a superb short-leg grab from Matthew Wade away Pat Cummins, leaving Rory Burns (15no) and nightwatchman Craig Overton (3no) in the crease following the first 10 overs of England’s innings.
The forecast is simpler for Friday day and the weekend, which means Australia will fancy their chances of maintaining their grip over the Ashes was scuppered by Ben Stokes’s heroics at Headingley in the next Test as England chased down 359 to level the series at 1-1.
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, though, has backed his side to dig with the piano, as they did in Leeds second time around having been steamrolled to get 67 in their first innings.
“There’s three innings nevertheless to move in the game, three times of cricket abandoned,” said the 29-year-old, who is due to bat at No 6.
“When we can go out and apply ourselves, set out our stall for a very long period of time like we’d at Headingley, there is no reason why [we all cannot get back in the Evaluation ].”
Smith Ashes century – along with third ton in four innings in this show – underpinned Australia’s total because coming from concussion.
Smith has notched 589 runs in the show, in an average of all 147.25 and using a smallest score 92, together with his entire batting average in Test cricket currently standing at 64.64 following his 26th hundred in the format.
But the batsman says England frequently bowling short assisted in his most recent evaluation him.
“I have faced a lot of short-pitched bowling in my life and have not had a lot of issues with this,” explained Smith, who suffered his concussion when he was struck on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer in the second Test at Lord’s.
“I mentioned it before the match – bowling there means they can’t hit me onto the mat or nick me off. Their ball softens .
“It played with our hands, I believe, and allowed the ball to get soft pretty fast and also for us to score huge first-innings runs”
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