Ashes 2017-18 Fifth Test, Day 2: Australia in command with Khawaja - Smith partnership

Khawaja is nine short of yet another Test century.

Khawaja - Smith added 107 runs with Smith. (Independent)

England were bowled out for 346 on the second morning of the Sydney Test after the tailenders failed to show up any strong resistance. 

Moeen Ali (30), Tom Curran (39) and Stuart Broad (31) together mustered close to 100 runs in the first session being bowled out. Pat Cummins bagged four wickets as Starc and Hazlewood picked up two each. 

Australia then started their first innings with the openers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner. Bancroft went early for just 1. Warner then started playing attacking cricket and dominated the England bowlers and in the process scoring 56 runs off 104 balls. 

Khawaja then stitched an unbeaten partnership of 107 runs with Steve Smith. At stumps, Khawaja reached 91 while Steve Smith was unbeaten on 44 helping Australia to finish the day on the front foot. 

With Australia trailing by 153 still, the third morning thus becomes imperative for the England bowlers to pick early wickets and take the driver's seat in the Test match. Australia on the other end will look to build on the Khawaja - Smith partnership. 

Brief Scores 

Australia 2 for 193 (Khawaja 91*, Smith 44*) trail England 346 (Root 83, Malan 62, Cummins 4-80) by 153 runs


By Anshuman Roy - 05 Jan, 2018

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