Ashes 2021-2022, 2nd Test: Marnus Labuschagne & David Warner scintillating knocks put Australia on driver’s seat

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Ashes 2nd Test: Marnus labuschagne & David Warner scintillating knocks put Australia on front-foot

Ashes 2021-2022, 2nd test: Marnus Labuschagne & David Warner’s scintillating 95 run knocks helped Australia to reach 221 for 2 at stumps on Day one of the Adelaide Test. Batting with bruised ribs, David Warner once again missed his much deserving century as he was dismissed for 95 while Labuschagne remained unbeaten on 95 along with Steev Smith who remained unbeaten on 18.

“Davey (Warner) was good going about his innings. He was patient, went so many balls without scoring. I feel for him, getting 95, but he’ll take that,” Labuschagne said on the opener’s knock.

The match unfolded with Australia winning the toss & opting to bat first. Australia got off to a poor start as Stuart Broad struck early to remove Marcus Harris right in the eight over to hand over England their first wicket. Then came David Warner on the crease & Warner along with Marnus socred their scintillating fifties as Australia took driver’s seat in the second session of day one of the second Test at Adelaide.

Warner & labuschagne together stitched a 172 runs stand. However, gutted Warner was dismissed on 94 runs by Ben Stokes in the 65th over. Warner’s innings were embellished with eleven fours as the explosive opener went on to score 95 runs off 167 balls.

After Warner’s dismissal, Labuschagne along with Steve Smith steadied Australia’s innings to ensure that Australia doesn’t lose any more wikcets before the stumps. It is important to note that Labuschagne was dropped by Jos Buttler when he was batting on 95.

“I think the last passage of play really tested us and set us up for tomorrow. Probably the last stage was interesting and tested my patience, Buttler dropping that was unbelievable, but my job is to capitalize on that. Tomorrow, no chances,” Labuschagne said after the day’s play.

Meanwhile, England had a good first session but their bowlers struggled to scalp wickets with the pink ball after lunch with just Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes finishing among the wickets with 1 for 34 and 1 for 50, respectively.

After dominating day one of the pink ball test Australia will be aiming to capitalize on a good start on Day 2 of the secodn test. England, who are yet to seal a win in the five-match series, will be under pressure to fetch 8 wickets with the second new ball.

Ashes 2021-2022, 2nd Test, Brief Scores:

Australia 221/2 (Marnus Labuschagne 95*, David Warner 95, Stuart Broad 1-34)

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