The Ashes 2013: Australia vs England- Gabba Test, Day 2

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AUSTRALIA: (2nd innings) OVERS: 22 II SCORE: 65/0

Australia are off to a solid start in their second innings. Spin in Graeme Swann was introduced in the 11th over and in it Warner managed to score a couple. The next, by Tremlett was a maiden. After two continuous maiden overs, Warner lofted Swann’s first delivery of the 17th over for a boundary to take the score past 50-run mark. The next boundary was also scored against Swann in the 19th over and by the same batsman to midwicket fence. Broad bowled the final over of the day and allowed just two in it. It has been out-and-out Australia’s day.

AUSTRALIA (2nd innings): OVERS: 10 II SCORE: 37/0

David Warner and Chris Rogers opened the innings for Australia after they bundled out England cheaply on the second day of the Gabba Test. James Anderson bowled the first over and in it Warner scored a boundary through extra cover region. Stuart Broad came in to bowl from the other end and it was a maiden. The next boundary also came from the bat of David Warner in the eighth over, bowled by Broad, employing an uppercut. Cook brought Tremlett as the first bowling change in the 10th over. Rogers struck his penultimate delivery through backward point for his first four.


England have been bowled out for 136 in their first innings thereby conceding lead of 159 runs. Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad were the last two wickets to fall. Tremlett fell in the 48th over after being caught by Lyon off Harris. He scored 8 (27b, 4X1). James Anderson came in to bat next. Broad was the final wicket to fall after being ensnared by Siddle while attempting a pull that was taken by Chris Rogers. He scored 32 (45b, 4X3).


Graeme Swann became Mitchell Johnson’s fourth victim of the innings after being caught by Bailey at short leg. He departed without disturbing the scoreboard. Chris Tremlett came in to bat next. That 41st over was a wicket-maiden. Lyon bowled the final over before tea break and in it came just three runs. How long will England last? Will they cross 100-run mark? Or will Broad lead a rearguard action?


Talk about batting collapse! If Australia can do, we can do it worse! Considering how meekly the English batsmen have surrendered to venom spitting Australian bowlers, this sentiment is absolutely valid for the visitors. Let’s go back a little bit. It was the 25th over of the England innings. Siddle dropped Pietersen off his own bowling. A big let-off one would say. Harris made sure it wasn’t the case as he had KP caught at midwicket by George Bailey in the 31st over. He scored 18 (42b, 4X1). In walked Ian Bell. Five overs later, debutant Carberry edged one from Johnson to Watson at slip. He scored 40 (113b, 4X4). In the next, Nathan Lyon gave England two successive blows in Ian Bell and Matt Prior. Both caught at short leg by Steve Smith. Prior’s decision needed the help of the third umpire as barring the bowler and the umpire, everybody else in the Australian camp was sure of the dismissal. Bell scored 5 (16b) while Prior went back for a duck. Stuart Broad walked to the middle amid boos. He faced the hat-trick delivery from Lyon and safely let it go into Haddin’s hand.


Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry opened the innings for England. Ryan Harris started the proceedings from Australian end. Six runs came from the first over that include two doubles and two singles. Mitchell Johnson joined him from the other end. His first resulted in three runs. Cook collected two boundaries in the fourth over, bowled by Johnson. The first wicket stand ended in the 11th over, bowled by Harris as Cook was caught by wicketkeeper Haddin. He scored 13 (30b, 4X2). Jonathan Trott came in to bat next. He opened his account with a boundary off the final delivery of the same over. He could only add six more before Johnson bowled his first delivery of the 18th over short that induced an edge from Trott. Haddin and Johnson went up in unison and Trott had to depart after scoring 10 (19b, 4X1). Following that, lunch was taken. Kevin Pietersen came in to bat next. The play recommenced after the break and Johnson completed his over allowing one run in it. The next, by Harris, was a maiden. Pietersen struck his first boundary in the 20th over employing a pull.


It took England 7.1 overs on the second day to bundle out Australia for 294 in their first innings at Gabba. Brad Haddin missed his century by just four runs as he was run out to become the 10th wicket to fall. He scored 94 (153b, 4X8, 6X1). Earlier, Ryan Harris became Stuart Broad’s sixth victim of the inning when he edged his sixth delivery of the 93rd over to wicketkeeper Matt Prior. He scored 9 (17b). Nathan Lyon returned unbeaten on 1.