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5th Test (D/N), Hobart, Jan 14 - 16 2022, England tour of Australia
303 & 155
(target 271)188 & 124
Australia won by 146 runs
Player Of The Match
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Player Of The Series
357 runs
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Updated 15-Jan-2022 • Published 15-Jan-2022

As it happened - Australia vs England, 5th Test, Hobart, 2nd day

By Valkerie Baynes

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Australia 303 and 3 for 37 (Smith 17*, Boland 3*) lead England 188 (Cummins 4-45) by 152 runs
Australia's seamers, led by Pat Cummins, ran rampant over England's flat-lining batting order to bundle the tourists out for just 188 on an eventful second day of the fifth and final Ashes Test.

By the close, the hosts had extended their lead - which was 115 runs after England's first innings - to 152, but Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood had given the tourists some reason to hope after claiming cheap top-order wickets as Australia finished on 3 for 37 in their second innings with Steve Smith unbeaten on 17 and nightwatchman Scott Boland on 3.

Australia's quicks managed to keep the pink ball talking for an extended period under the lights in Hobart. Cummins took 4 for 45 and Mitchell Starc 3 for 53 with No. 8 Woakes England's top-scorer with 36, followed by Joe Root's 34 and Sam Billings, whose 29 on debut was solid.

Broad and Woakes took advantage of the conditions to reduce Australia to 2 for 5 in the fourth over with David Warner making a pair after falling to his nemesis Broad for the 14th time in Tests thanks to a brilliant diving catch by Ollie Pope at point and Marnus Labuschagne strangled down the leg side off Woakes to give Billings his first Test catch.

At the start of the day, Australia added 62 runs for the loss of four wickets with Alex Carey unable to convert his start of 24 and Nathan Lyon making a bright cameo worth 31 off just 27 balls, including three sixes off Wood, before he was last man out with the hosts first-innings total on 303.

But England's failure to get near the 300-mark yet again left them with plenty of work still to do.

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Khawaja gets a rippa!

England have a third, as Mark Wood nearly takes Khawaja's head off with an exocet of a short ball! Dug in at 147kph/91mph, Khawaja was looking to get out of the way - and he almost succeeded, only for the delivery to kiss his top hand on the way through. Australia 148 ahead with seven wickets standing... and they've sent out Scott Boland as nightwatchman. Still 20 minutes or so left in the day.

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Pink peril

Tough work for the Australia batters out there, though Steven Smith has successfully avoided joining Warner in making a pair. England thought they might have had Usman Khawaja for a duck, but a review only showed by how much he had missed a beauty of a ball from Chris Woakes. Khawaja took 25 balls to get off the mark, including several play-and-misses, but he's digging in. Australia 2 for 19 from the first 10 overs.

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Labushchagne dismissed cheaply

Marnus Labuschagne falls for just 5, giving Sam Billings his first catch in Test cricket when Chris Woakes had him strangled down the leg side to put Australia at 2-5 in their second innings.

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Warner's woes

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Warner makes a pair!

David Warner is out, making a pair after falling to none other than his nemesis, Stuart Broad. Warner fell on the third ball of Australia's second innings, attempting a square drive off Broad's short ball outside off stump, with Ollie Pope taking an excellent diving catch at point. Australia are 1-0 with a lead of 115 runs.

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England all out for 188

Pat Cummins claims a fourth wicket, Mark Wood bowled for 16 and England are all out for 188, trailing Australia by 115. Cummins led an Australian seam attack which managed to keep the pink ball talking under lights for an extended period of time to run rampant over the visitors. Cummins took 4-45 and Mitchell Starc 3-53 with No. 8 Chris Woakes England's top-scorer with 36, followed by Joe Root's 34 and Sam Billings, whose 29 on debut was solid.

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Starc double-strike has England on the ropes

Chris Woakes' innings has come to an end, caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Starc after an important review by Australia. Woakes was initially given not out when the host fielders, convinced they'd heard an appropriate noise, plumped for the DRS and replays showed the tiniest of hot spots as the ball passed the bat before brushing Woakes' sweater. Woakes, who survived two dropped catches during his innings, reached 36, his wicket making it 8-182 for England.

Starc followed up four balls later when he had Stuart Broad out, chopping on for a duck.

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Green gets Billings

Cameron Green has removed Sam Billings just as he and Chris Woakes looked like they might steady England's faltering innings somewhat. Greeen's short ball tempted Billings into a hook which found Scott Boland just inside the rope at long leg.

Billings played a solid knock on his Test debut, reaching 29 from 48 balls and sharing a 42-run stand with Woakes for the seventh wicket. England are 7-152 and Woakes is not out 22.

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Ring any Bells?

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Could it be worse?

As it happens, yes, it could be worse for England. Going to tea at 6-124 Chris Woakes is 5 not out, having survived two dropped catches by Australia off the bowling of Scott Boland.

In the last over of the middle session, Woakes sent a thick outside edge to the slips cordon where Usman Khawaja, diving to his left from third slip across Steve Smith at second, saw the ball to slip through his hands. Earlier, Woakes was yet to score when David Warner put down a sitter at first slip, also off Boland, who would have had two from two at the time after he had Ollie Pope caught behind on the previous ball.

Sam Billings is unbeaten on 19 at the break, making his Test debut.

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Caught in a trap

Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain, questioned Rory Burns' failure to dive to avoid being run out earlier in England's innings, which has stumbled from bad to worse. Ponting has also had a say on Ollie Pope's soft dismissal, caught behind off a Scott Boland delivery well outside off stump to send the tourists six wickets down.

“That's poor batting. Let's have a look how wide that is. There's no need for him to be pushing at that ball whatsoever. That is just an absolute nothing shot," Ponting told the host broadcaster.

"It's a defensive push to a ball that's on about sixth stump. You're not going to score from it, all you're going to do is nick that through to Carey, which is what he's done. Ollie Pope, you can shake your head as much as you like, but that's your mistake young man.

"What on earth are you doing there? There was a little bit of outswing earlier in the over, he knows what Boland's trying to do. He's just fallen for a pretty simple trap. All [Pope's] done is present Alex Carey with one of the easiest catches he'll take in his Test career."

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Boland removes Pope

Ollie Pope has fallen fishing outside off stump at a Scott Boland delivery to send an edge through to wicketkeeper Alex Carey. England are now 6 for 110 in reply to Australia's 303. The tourists could have been 7 for 110 and Boland should have had two in two when Chris Woakes sent a regulation catch to first slip off Boland's next ball only for David Warner to put it down. It now falls to Woakes to make the most of his second life and Test debutant Sam Billings to salvage something, anything from this innings.

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Managing Mitch

By Alex Malcolm

Mitchell Starc has bowled superbly in this Ashes series, taking 16 wickets and leading Australia’s attack in the pink-ball Test in Adelaide. He spoke earlier this week about being desperate to play this match despite taking 1 for 114 in Sydney and being the only fast bowler on either side to have played the first four Tests.

But one element of Starc’s Test record that’s worth mentioning is his diminishing returns the longer series go on. He averages under 25 in the first two Tests of any series across his career and 30.47 in the third match of Test series he’s played in. But that drops away to 41.52 in fourth Tests and 56.83 in fifth Tests. His strike-rate drops to 67.8 and 105 in fourth and fifth Tests as well.

There are some reasons for it. Three of the four fifth Tests that he’s played in have been on flatter batting surfaces that haven’t suited him, at The Oval and the SCG. He has picked up the wicket of Ben Stokes in Hobart but hasn’t been as menacing as he usually is in pink-ball games. Given he bowls at high pace with maximum effort all the time there is a certainly a case for him to be managed differently across long Test series moving forward, despite his desire to play as much as possible.

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Australia go bang, bang, bang

Ben Stokes joins Dawid Malan and Joe Root back in the dressing room after falling to a superb catch by Nathan Lyon off the bowling of Mitchell Starc. Stokes rocked back attempting a square drive and managed to pick out point, where Lyon snaffled the chance diving low to his left. Stokes' dismissal for 4 made it 5 for 85 for England and brought Test debutant Sam Billings to the crease.

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Root gone!

Pat Cummins has struck again, dismissing Joe Root for 34 as the tourists stumble to 4 for 81. Root had survived an Australian review for lbw off Mitchell Starc a little earlier. On this occasion, Cummins struck just above Root's front knee roll with a ball that came back quite some way, prompting the England captain to walk off immediately.

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Malan falls

Dawid Malan has fallen for 25, strangled down the leg side by Pat Cummins to put England at 3 for 78. Cummins' delivery was full outside leg stump and Malan attempted to work it away, only to get an edge through to keeper Alex Carey.

Joe Root had survived an lbw appeal a short time beforehand off Mitchell Starc. When Root was given not out after being struck on the pad, Australia reviewed but the decision was upheld with the ball shown to be missing off stump.

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Fifty up for England

England are 50 for 2 in the second session, trailing Australia by 253 runs. Joe Root is not out 15 and Dawid Malan is unbeaten with 13. The tourists' shaky start could have taken another hit after they had stumbled to 2 for 29 when Malan appeared to get an inside edge onto a Cameron Green delivery, which Alex Carey collected behind the stumps but he was adjudged not out and the Australians didn't review. England are looking to capitalise with Malan and Root both striking attractive fours off Green and Scott Boland respectively in the space of four balls.

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Labuschagne: They haven't let it go

Despite Marnus Labuschagne's excellent direct hit to run out Rory Burns, his Australian team-mates are not letting him forget that dismissal at the hands of Stuart Broad on the opening day in Hobart. "Oh no, they certainly haven't let it go," Labuschagne told the host broadcaster during the dinner break. "But it's all a bit of banter. You've got to get out somehow, so you might as well make it entertaining."

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Ducks in a row

4 ducks for England in 2022. That's one more than they had after two completed Tests in 2021, when they equalled their record of 54 Test ducks in a calendar year.
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Crawley falls to Cummins

Pat Cummins has claimed the wicket of Zak Crawley for 18, thanks to an excellent catch from Travis Head, and England are 2 for 29. Cummins' length ball angled into right-hander Crawley, who struck it onto his pad and, as it looped up towards short leg, Head leaped into the air and pulled it down with the second grab.

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Ponting: Rory burned himself

While Zak Crawley called Rory Burns through for a single that was hugely risky at best, Ricky Ponting is putting the blame for Burns' run out back on Burns, who fell to Marnus Labuschagne's direct hit for a duck in his first match after being dropped following the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Ponting, the former Australia captain, told Channel Seven: “I want to make a bit of a point of this. There had to be more desperation there from Rory Burns. He’s back into the side, fighting for his Test career and he's not willing to put in a big dive there to try and save his wicket. I know it's not his fault, probably not his call, but you can imagine Marnus Labuschagne in that same situation, he would have been diving from two or three yards out from the crease.”

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Burns run out!

Rory Burns has been run out to give Australia an early wicket. Crawley pushed a Pat Cummins delivery into the covers and called Burns through for a single that really wasn't in the offing as Marnus Labuschagne threw down the stumps with a sharp direct hit. Burns was just short of his ground to be gone without scoring and England are 1 for 2 in a terrible start to their pursuit of Australia's first-innings 303.

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Australia all out for 303

Nathan Lyon adds a handy 31 off just 27 balls before being last man out, bowled by a perfect Stuart Broad delivery that beat Lyon's swing and kissed the off bail. Australia are all out for 303 after Travis Head's century on the opening day, along with Cameron Green's 74 and 44 from Marnus Labushchagne.

Lyon's knock was the only other one of note from Australia after Alex Carey failed to convert his start and fell for 24. Broad and Mark Wood finished with three wickets apiece, while Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes took two each.

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Wood's rewards

By Alex Malcolm

Mark Wood has been rewarded for a shift in strategy at the start of the final session last night. In the first 52 overs of the match, Wood bowled eight overs, of which 27 balls were short of a good length. He conceded 26 runs from those 27 balls and 36 runs from 21 balls that were a good length or fuller.

Since then in his next nine overs he has delivered 46 of his 54 balls short of a good length and has taken 3 for 37. He unsettled Cameron Green with a barrage last night and he eventually holed out. He’s done the same to Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins today. Although Nathan Lyon has since taxed him for three sixes.

The folly of asking Ben Stokes to be the short ball enforcer in Adelaide when Wood was running the drinks has been exposed here in the Hobart sunshine as England fight their way back into the match.

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Carey falls to Woakes

Australia go nine down as Alex Carey plays on to Chris Woakes. It was a good line and length from Woakes, finding an inside edge which deflected onto the pad and Carey's back elbow before hitting the stumps. Carey falls for 24.

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Lyon on the prowl

Having hit Mark Wood for six between deep midwicket and deep square leg in the previous over, Nathan Lyon feasted on Wood's next over, which went for 17 in total thanks to Lyon's back-to-back sixes, while Alex Carey chimed in with a four.

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Wood strikes again!

Mark Wood's short ball does for another Australia batsman, dismissing Pat Cummins for 2 as the hosts fall to 252 for 8. Having got rid of Mitchell Starc two overs earlier, Wood had Cummins out in similar fashion, top-edging a pull to deep square leg, where Zak Crawley took an easy catch.

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Starc falls to Wood

Mark Wood dismisses Mitchell Starc to give England a much-needed wicket and put Australia at 7 for 246. Wood's shorter ball climbed on him, finding the the top edge as Starc attempted to pull and Rory Burns had plenty of time to sit under it at square leg and pouch a comfortable catch.

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No cheap seats for Green

Cameron Green, who scored an impressive 74 reckons he had the "best seat in the house" for Travis Head's century during their 121-run stand. He told Channel Seven: "Obviously batting with Heady at the other end, he takes so much pressure off, so it was awesome to spend some time in the middle."

Green also suggested he'd made some technical tweaks, which helped him score his second consecutive half-century. "A few little things but not massive changes. Basically trying to get my foot in line. I think I started a bit too open and then when I trigger I got even more open so I couldn't really line the ball up properly so I tried to adjust that foot a little bit straighter."

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Robinson's back spasms persist

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Hobart. The latest news from the England camp on the second morning is that seam bowler Ollie Robinson continues to struggle with the back spasms that meant he could bowl just one over across the last two sessions yesterday. England say he is unable to bowl in the first session on day two but he is expected to field and they hope he will be fit to bowl later in the day if required.

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