Australia vs England Highlights: England vs Australia Ashes 1st Test Day 2 Highlights played on 9 July 2015. Aus vs ENG Day 2 Highlights at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Watch ENG vs Aus Cricket Highlights on Thursday.
Cricket Series: Australia vs England The Ashes 2015
Australia Squad: MJ Clarke*, SPD Smith, Fawad Ahmed, BJ Haddin†, JR Hazlewood, MG Johnson, NM Lyon, MR Marsh, SE Marsh, PM Nevill†, CJL Rogers, PM Siddle, MA Starc, AC Voges, DA Warner, SR Watson.
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England will feel that they hold the ascendency when the second days play of the opening Ashes test came to an end at Cardiff on Thursday.
England started day two with the score on 343/7, hoping that they could reach at least the 400 runs mark for the first innings. The bat of Moeen Ali took then past the mark, playing some excellent attacking shot to reach 77 off 88 balls before playing one shot to much when he was caught well at slip by Shane Watson. Stuart Broad did a good job to bat with Ali, taking England to 430 all out after 102.1 overs. The run rate with impressive, ending on 4.2 runs per over. Mitchell Starc was the top bowler for Australia, ending with figures of 5/114.
Rogers and Warner had to face a tricky time at the crease before the lunch break, but managed to keep their wicket intact. After lunch Anderson struck the first blow to send David Warner back to the pavilion for an out of sorts 17 off 42 balls. Rogers kept the Australian innings together with 95 off 133 balls before being caught behind off the bowling of Wood in the 43rd over. Smith, Clarke and Voges all got off to good starts, but lost their wickets at crucial times during the day. Moeen Ali was the man making the breakthroughs for England, picking up two wicket despite his economy rate of 4.78. Nathan Lyon was used as a night watchmen for Australia, protecting the likes of Haddin and Johnson who were due in next. He kept his wicket intact, to help Australia end the day on 264/5, batting at 3.77 runs per over. Anderson, Wood and Stokes picked up a wicket each for England.