Hosts Australia was bowled out for 327 after dominating the first day’s play of the Melbourne Test match. English fast bowlers were right on the mark from the morning session of the second day with veteran Stuart Broad and James Anderson doing the bulk of the job.
Debutant Tom Curran also notched up his first Test wicket cleaning up Australian skipper Steven Smith.
In reply to Australia’s 327, the visitors England received their first blow when off-spinner Nathan Lyon took a scorcher of a catch off his delivery to dismiss England opener Mark Stoneman at the score of 35.
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Lyon tossed up the ball invitingly around off stump; he was getting it in the good zone quite a bit, as Stoneman came down the track to unsettle him, only to get a leading edge. It flew off the blade and Lyon had to react fast and swiftly, which he did with a slight jump to stretch out his right hand and his team the first breakthrough.
Earlier in this series, Lyon took another outstanding diving full stretch to his left to grab a one-handed catch to dismiss England’s spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali.