11.08GMT Australia needed a rapid start if they were to get back into the match. England were just three behind with seven wickets left and the tourists needed a miracle. Mitchell Johnson produced the perfect start when he had Jonny Bairstow caught behind fending a venomous short ball with his first ball of day two, before repeating the does against Ben Stokes.
11.56 Joe Root reached his half century with obdurate ease as he and England looked to steady the ship after the morning onslaught from Johnson. Root was finally tempted into edging a wide one, this time from the other Mitchell, Mitchell Starc.
13.03 Nathan Lyon came into the attack having picked up two wickets in two overs on day one. He struck in his first over again, having wrongly reviewed an LBW decision against Jos Buttler, he got him the very next ball. Replays showed that Buttler could have been repreived had he reviewed himself. Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad came together and pushed the total past 200 and were 221-7 at lunch; a lead of 85.
14.14 Broad and Moeen put on a brilliant 87 in less than 20 overs with the latter reaching a wonderful half-century. Broad then sent a top edge high into the air to leave England 277-8, leading by 141.
14.49 England’s innings was wrapped up for 281, their lead 145 as they looked to make inroads in the Australian attack the way they had a little over a day ago. Broad came round the wicket to Chris Rogers and pinned him infront for the host’s first breakthrough of the second innings. Rogers did in fact try to review but he had been judged to have taken too long.
15.35 Steve Smith came to the crease under pressure after his first innings failure, but managed just eight second innings runs as he top-edged a steepling delivery from Steve Finn to Buttler to leave his side 62-2. As was the case in the first innings, one of the openers looked decidedly untroubled as his team-mates perished around them. This time it was David Warner who passed 50 in double-quick time.
16.11 England were content that they had unearthed Australia’s frail middle-order and Finn struck again – this time sending the Australian captain Michael Clarke packing when he edged to Adam Lyth at gully. Finn was then on a hat-trick shortly after when he drew an edge out of Adam Voges first ball. His hat-trick ball was left well alone by Marsh but the damage was done and Australia were 76-4, still some 69 runs still behind.
17.12 Warner continued to plunder the runs where the others struggled but he finally succumbed, top edging Anderson to short cover to end his innings on 77 as Nelson struck on 111-6.
18.25 Johnson and Peter Nevill managed to dig in and after Anderson left the field with a side strain, the tourists had a period of relative calm by comparison. The pair put on 42 which is mammoth in comparison to other efforts, before Johnson top-edged Finn to Stokes to give the Middlesex paceman his fifth five-wicket haul of his career. Australia seven down buy leading by eight runs.
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