Twitter Reactions: The Brits gift Australia an advantage on Day-2
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Updated - Nov 21, 2019 9:19 pm
The play was finally possible on the second day of the second Test between England and Australia at the Lord’s. The Kangaroos won the toss and elected to field first – a decision that could have gone the other way as well. England has a decent track on offer for them and they could have really got a big first innings total. Rather, they chose not to as they gifted the opposition with some regular wickets.
Every time England tried to gain momentum, they did something silly which was disappointing. Jason Roy’s poor time in red-ball cricket continued as Josh Hazlewood found his edge. He was dismissed for a duck. Then, it was Joe Root who was trapped in front of the stumps after he scored 14 runs. Joe Denly looked good for a brief while. Along with Rory Burns, he stitched together a potentially threatening partnership. However, like many of the other batsmen, he also threw his start away and got out for 30 runs.
Burns was also soon dismissed for 53 runs. After that, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes fell in quick successions. It seemed as if England would get bowled out below 200. But Jonny Bairstow (52) and Chris Woakes (32) came to the rescue. The team was ultimately bowled out for 258 runs. Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood picked up three wickets each.
Stuart Broad – 3, David Warner – 0
Australia had to bat for 13 overs in the remaining part of the day and thus they decided not to send in any nightwatchmen. Cameron Bancroft and David Warner opened the innings. However, Stuart Broad made the left-hander his bunny yet again. Warner was struck in his crease and failed to get his bat down in time. That incoming delivery rattled his stumps and he had to walk back for 3 runs.
However, Usman Khawaja came in next and showed positive intent. He scored 18 runs from 25 balls while Bancroft was watchful from the other end. In 36 balls, the 26-year-old scored 5 runs and played cautious cricket. Australia finished the day with a score of 30/1 and they still trail by 228 runs. With lots of rain predicted, they will be looking to score some quick runs in the first innings and will try to get a huge lead.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to the special performance from Australia:
Stuck like sandpaper that Bancroft catch something, something etc… #EngvAus
— Isabelle Westbury (@izzywestbury) August 15, 2019
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) August 15, 2019
YESSSSS @StuartBroad8 what a beauty!!!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 15, 2019
This England test match team is pathetic. Even though we’ve excelled in white ball cricket under Bayliss we’ve gone massively backwards in the Test game. Sooner he’s gone the better #TheAshes #ENGvAUS
— Lloyd Arkell (@luluark) August 15, 2019
— Laura Caughey (@el_cee17) August 15, 2019
When @StuartBroad8 gets home and empties his pockets tonight:
David Warner ✅#Ashes
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 15, 2019
— Theo Doropoulos (@TheoDrop) August 15, 2019
I assume Paine elected to bowl to delay as long as possible the moment when Steve Smith must face Jack Leach, the man who is statistically certain to destroy him. #Ashes
— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) August 15, 2019
— ???? Stu ???? (@MrStustar) August 15, 2019
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) August 15, 2019
That’s Nathan Lyon’s 355th Test wicket, pulling level with Dennis Lillee in third spot for Australians. #Ashes
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) August 15, 2019