England’s batting woes continued in the Ashes after Australia’s tailenders led them to 303 all out in their first innings in the fifth day-night Test in Hobart on Saturday. 17 wickets fell on the day as Australia were dismissed for 303 in the opening session and England’s first innings ended on 188 under the floodlights of the night session.
There was still time for England to remove David Warner for a pair, Marnus Labuschagne for five and Usman Khawaja for 11 as the visiting bowlers got movement and bounce out of the pink ball. Australia reached the close of play on three for 37 with a lead of 152.
Warner was dismissed by Stuart Broad for the 14th time in Broad’s test career, as the seamer became England’s most prolific bowler in Ashes Tests with his 129th wicket.
Steve Smith, who had scored 17 not out, and nightwatchman Scott Boland, unbeaten on three, will resume on Sunday looking to build on Australia’s lead and put the hosts on course to wrap up the series 4-0.
Pat Cummins had earlier taken 4-45 as the vanguard of Australia’s attack, as England’s batting once again crumbled in the face of unbridled pace.
England made a calamitous start with Rory Burns run out with only two runs on the board, and none of the English batsmen looked like getting close to a second century of the series for the tourists.
Stumps drawn in Hobart!
Australia are 37/3 with a lead of 152 runs at close of play.
Whose day was it?
— ICC (@ICC) January 15, 2022
Dawid Malan (25) and his captain Joe Root (34) put together a 49-run partnership that looked like bringing some solidity to the England innings, but Cummins dismissed them both in short order.
Chris Woakes was dropped twice in his 36, and Sam Billings made a solid 29 in his first test innings before he was caught on the boundary by Boland off Cameron Green’s bowling.
Lyon cameo takes AUS past 300 in 1st innings
Nathan Lyon (31) had earlier scored half of the runs Australia added in the afternoon after resuming at 241-6.
Mark Wood (3/115) took two quick wickets of Mitchell Starc (3) and Cummins (2) but Lyon hit the fast bowler for three sixes and a square-driven boundary, much to the frustration of England.
Alex Carey played onto his stumps from Chris Woakes (2/64) after scoring 24 off 60 balls, but Lyon added 23 runs for the last wicket with Scott Boland (10 not out).
England’s effort was not helped early on by being a short bowler, with Ollie Robinson still suffering from a back spasm that forced him off the field on Friday. The seamer did return to bowl in the evening session.