The Ashes 2015 Highlights: Australia vs England 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights played on 30 July 2015. Aus vs Eng Day 2 Highlights at Birmingham. Watch Eng vs Aus Cricket Highlights on Thursday.
Cricket Series: Australia vs England The Ashes 2015
Australia Squad: CJL Rogers, DA Warner, SPD Smith, MJ Clarke*, AC Voges, MR Marsh, PM Nevill†, MG Johnson, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon
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Day two of the 3rd Ashes test match between England and Australia beloned to the home side, as they drive down the advantage with both bat and ball to have Australia on the back foot yet again.
England started the day on 133/3 after bowling out Australia for 136 in their first innings. The pace of Mitchell Johnson struck early on to dimsiss both Bairstow and Stokes with aggresive short pitched bowling. England lost wickets in clusters, seeing Butler and Root fall in quick succession. Some reargaurd action from Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad saw England get to reach 281, giving them a well-deserved first innings lead thanks for 59 off 78 balls from Moeen Ali. Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon were the top wicket takers for Australia, both picking up 3 wickets.
Australia, desperate to make up for their poor first innings peroformance with the bat, found themselves in trouble yet again, as Steven Finn wripped through the top order. David Warner showed some good counter-attacking ability to play a lone hand with the bat, scoring 77 off just 62 balls. The likes of Rogers, Smith, Clarke, Voges and Marsh all failed to reach double figures as Finn picked up his 5th wicket in the 47th over. Nevill was the only other score of significance as Australia ened the day on 168/7 when stumps were called, giving them a lead of just 23 runs with 3 second innings wicket still intact.
With three days still remaining in the test, England will feel that they’ve done enough to secure the win, which will give them a 2-1 series lead. The win will however come at a cost as their star bowler, James Anderson left the field with an injury, which could see him out of the test of the series.