After struggling in their 1st innings, visitors England made a terrific comeback against Australia in the 2nd Ashes Test played at the Adelaide Oval. Riding on sensational bowling performance by James Anderson and Chris Woakes, Australia were bowled out for a mere 138 runs in their 2nd innings. Despite a terrific bowling performance by England, they are still in the backfoot and need to bat out of their skin to chase down the target of 352 set by the hosts.
Earlier in the match, it was a counter-attacking century by southpaw Shaun Marsh which ensured Australia posted a big total of 442 in their 1st innings. Debutant Craig Overton was the pick of the English bowlers bagging three wickets. In reply, England stuttered all through the innings and just when they were looking in control a wicket fell, and the balance again shifted to Australia.
They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 227. Offie Nathan Lyon was the pick of the Australian bowlers with four while speedster Mitchell Starc also chipped in 3. With a huge lead of 215 runs, Australia was definitely in the box seat, but the English bowlers were up for the challenge.
England’s leading wicket-taker James Anderson was at his ominous best and troubled the Australian batsmen on a consistent basis. It was a great sight for the game as the speedster finally showed the Aussie public how good a bowler he is. Anderson returned with exceptional figures of 5/43 while Chris Woakes also gave him tremendous support returning with 4/36.
England is currently on 68/2 and has lost their openers, Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman. When the dinner break was taken Joe Root, and James Vince was out in the middle. Meanwhile, Australian spin legend Shane Warne heaped praise on England and James Anderson for making a sensational comeback in the match. He said that what a series it would be if England manages to chase the total down.
Taking to his twitter handle Warne wrote:
”Terrific effort by England to knock Australia over & very happy that Jimmy Anderson finally showed the Australian public how good a bowler he is. There is no indication that England can get these runs but records are there to be broken. What a series it would b if England got 354.
Terrific effort by England to knock Australia over & very happy that Jimmy Anderson finally showed the Australian public how good a bowler he is. There is no indication that England can get these runs but records are there to be broken. What a series it would b if England got 354
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 5, 2017