Stuart Broad offers England a lifeline with late wicket in Ashes day two


Yet a debut Test wicket for England’s exciting newcomer Jofra Archer remained out of reach despite beating the bat several times.

Australia reached stumps on day two at 30-1, Usman Khawaja on 18 and Cameron Bancroft on 5, in reply to England’s 258 all out.

England had seen their underwhelming first innings brought to an end earlier in the final session after Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon shared three wickets apiece.

Peter Siddle took the spare as England were bowled out in 77.1 overs.

Warner’s horror tour showed no signs of improving following scores of two and eight in the First Specsavers Ashes Test at Edgbaston and a 17-ball 3 last night.

And Broad is beginning to see him as an easy target with the new ball.

Archer had the crowd on the edge of their seats swinging his second delivery late past Bancroft’s inside edge, missing his leg stump and evading Jonny Bairstow’s dive.

But he threatened less as the session reached towards its conclusion.

Rory Burns impressed again, with the England opener ending up with 53.

Speaking after a strong outing, Burns revealed the pitch played a big part in play on Thursday.

“There was a little bit there throughout the day but it was one of those wickets where if they missed you could still get on top of it,” he said.

“There was some good bowling, a bit of nibble and we have seen in that period if you stick enough balls in the right areas it can be difficult.”

England hero Michael Vaughan was impressed with Joe Root’s side, claiming they’re still in the Test.

He said: “England’s 258 is competitive in a way but with the amount of talent in that line up they will have expected someone to get three figures.

“Cummins after lunch was right up there with the best you’ll see. The technical side of England’s batting is a worry, I don’t think they are out of this Test at all, we saw the wicket that got Warner was a beauty.

“Australia look like they are very driven and you would expect them to make it very difficult.”


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