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Ashes 2021-22 fifth Test, day two: Australia v England – live!









DINNER: England 34-2 (Malan 9, Root 3)






















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WICKET! Crawley c Head b Cummins 18 (England 29-2)

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WICKET! Burns run out (Labuschagne) 0 (England 2-1)

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Australia all out 303








WICKET! Lyon b Broad 31 (Australia 303 all out)











































WICKET! Carey b Woakes 24 (Australia 280-9)

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WICKET! Cummins c Crawley b Wood 2

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WICKET! Starc c Burns b Wood 3 (Australia 246/7)

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Preamble

Morning, afternoon, evening all. Well, we were treated to a whirlwind yesterday, weren’t we? From 12-3 and calls for Bellerive to be stripped of Test status, to a run-a-ball hundred from Head, to further delivery of The Cam Green Promise, and that ceaseless wonder about what James Anderson could and would have done with it all.

All in all, Australia finished with 241-6 – a scoreline most would be satisfied with after a full day’s play, only that this was achieved in 59.3 overs. Perhaps this isn’t quite the Chief Executive’s Wicket predicted ahead of the game.

Nevertheless, both teams will be hoping to push things on today. For Australia, quick runs and a shot at England under lights, and for England, crossed fingers that the Bellerive wicket does flatten out, as is the local promise.

How are you seeing things from your vantage point? Let me know via email at sam.perry.freelance@guardian.co.uk or on the Twitters @sjjperry.

Weather and other preliminary material up next…





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