EM – England are off to a shaky start after bowling Australia for 303




Rory Burns was close for a duck as England got off to a rocky start to their first innings on Saturday and went into dinner at 34 for two on day two of the fifth Day-Night Ashes Test in Hobart after beating Australia for 303.

His opening mate Zak Crawley followed him into the dressing room before the first break for 18, leaving Dawid Malan, who had missed nine, and skipper Joe Root, undefeated on three, for the second session back.

England hoped for further improvement at the Bellerive Oval after a struggling draw in Sydney ended a string of three straight defeats in the series.

Signs were promising as Mark Wood’s short bowling Mitchell Starc caught a top rim early in the day, adding just five runs to Australia’s overnight tally of 241-6.

Australia’s batting power was again evident, however, and the stern took the home team past the 300-run mark before the tourists could knock them out.

England’s response got off to a disastrous start when recalled opener Burns was called out to a single by Crawley after two runs down the board, only to be caught just short of his bottom by a direct hit from Marnus Labuschagne.

Australia skipper Pat Cummins removed Crawley when the batsman took a hit on his pads and the ball flew in the air for nearfielder Travis Head to take it on the second try.

Cummins had previously scored two runs before he Wood (3-115) made his third casualty of the innings, with Alex Carey contributing a brilliant 24 before being bowled by Chris Woakes.

Nathan Lyon was the last wicket to fall when he was bowled by Stuart Broad (3-59) but not before he had made 31 including three sixes.

Two of them came off Wood on back-to-back balls, the first flying high over a deep square leg and off the ground.

England were bowler short as Ollie Robinson was still suffering from a back spasm that forced him off the field on Friday.

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