Australia lead despite late knockouts in Ashes fifth Test

Warner was adamant that he could turn the tables on Broad on his own soil this series, but his longtime nemesis claimed the points.

Broad sent off Warner with just his second pair in 91 Tests, both from his last seven matches with Ashes.

In the 66 balls he faced from Broad this series, Warner lost his wicket twice for just 25 runs – not as one-sided as in 2019 when he fell seven times in 104 balls but a win for the setter nonetheless. Warner is open for another campaign in England next year, although at the age of 36 he couldn’t be better than a 50-50 prospect to get this far.

Khawaja only needed two games to ride the highs and lows of Test cricket. He couldn’t take his gloves off a well-directed bumper from Mark Wood, dismissed for 11 to complete two failures after two tons in his return game in Sydney. The terms, however, were not in his favor.

Pat Cummins takes the wicket from Zak Crawley.

Pat Cummins takes the wicket from Zak Crawley.Credit:Getty Images

These are only minor losses for Australia, who have the opportunity on Sunday to put England out of action on less spicy ground than they were on the first afternoon despite the high number of wickets falling .

There was still enough life, however, for the Australian attack to unravel the many flaws in England’s frontline hitting.

Even with the charity of two low edge non-references, Australia still made a mess of their opponent, who failed to reach 300 in all nine of their innings.

If Warner or Khawaja had held off Woakes’ snicks at zero and five, the door would have already closed. Woakes did little with the ball but played a few combat shots at No.8, this time scoring the best with 36.

Rarely will England have a better opportunity to strike a blow on these shores. Their tailors used a green deck for the first time, pitched with a new pink ball under the lights in Australia’s second inning, and their batters took advantage of the most favorable conditions to hit only to make base errors .

Ben Stokes could consider himself unfortunate that his scratched cut shot was caught brilliantly by Nathan Lyon, and Dawid Malan was strangled in the side of the leg but England didn’t help themselves.

For reasons known only to Rory Burns, the beleaguered fly-half opted not to dive into the crease in his return game and was exhausted by inches after being called for a hairy single by Zak Crawley.

His lack of urgency belied what was at stake for Burns in that game, earning him a reprimand from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.


England’s dysfunction at the top of the order means they are playing with a hand tied behind their back. They failed to reach double digits in six of their nine innings. Embarrassingly, Australia’s 10th wicket partnership is on average higher than England’s opening position of 12.77. Australia’s fly-half had a hellish time in 2019, but Smith had to save them.

Burns couldn’t even call it an unlucky duck, surviving after the hosts failed to hear a slim advantage at Mitchell Starc in the opening round of the innings.

Ollie Pope was calmer than the player who was out of his depth in the first two games, but he was rocked by an unnecessary prod from Scott Boland, who was more threatening than his 1-33 suggested.

Cummins made the key breakthroughs for his side, quickly knocking out Joe Root and Malan as the pair made breakthroughs in Australia’s total of 303.

It will be small consolation for Root that his lbw, for 34, broke a series of eight snicks behind the stumps. As captain, Root must bear the brunt of criticism for his team’s dismal summer, but he performed admirably with the bat in a bowler-dominated series on easy-to-sew lanes.

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