Marnus labuschagne became the first player to register three centuries in the pink ball test while Captain Steve Smith missed his much-awaited century as Australia scrambled England with a powerful total of 473-9 on the second day of the second test.
Labuschagne made 103 and Smith scored 93 before Australia’s lower order chipped in with some quick runs against England’s ineffective bowlers & declared their innings after tea. England was reeling at 17-2 in 18.4 overs before a massive flash of lightning took the players off the field & resulted in an early stump on day 2 of the second test.
Michael Nesser scalped his secodn test wicket when he dismissed Haseeb Hameed for 6 runs after Mitchell Starc had caught Rory Burns (4) in the slips. Starc (39 not out) and Neser (35) had registered a half-century stand for the eighth wicket after England have already incurred the damage & had Australia dominating on 390-7 at tea break. Jhye Richardson lofted Chris Woakes (1-103) for a big six off his second ball over midwicket before Smith declared when Richardson was caught behind off Woakes.
Ben Stokes dropped a tough catch off Starc’s delivery & finished with 3-113 but Australia removed both England openers cheaply before play was called off early on Day 2. Steev Smith & Alex Carey combined in a 91 run sixth-wicket stand before James Anderson removed both the batsmen in successive overs before tea. Steve Smith shuffled back across the line & was adjudged lbw and Carey chipped an easy catch in the covers.
Earlier during the first session, England took quick three wickets after Australia resumed day 2 on 221-2. Labuschagne resumed game on 95 registered sixth century of his career & the first ton of Ashes series. Moments later he was caught behind off Ollie Robinson, retreating all the way to the boundary rope before replays showed it had been a no-ball.
Labuschagne got dismissed for LBW after trying to leave a ball in Robinson’s next over that came back at him. Labushcagne’s ton marked his third consecutive pink ball century at the Adelaide Oval, averaging almost 100 and with just one score below 40. Australia is playing its ninth day-night match and has won the previous eight, all at home. First test century-maker Travis Head was out for 18 Friday after being bowled playing over the top of a ball from captain Joe Root. Cameron Green too soon went off to the pavilion for a 2 off Stokes delivery when the England allrounder pitched up and the delivery seamed away into his off stump.
Alex Carey & Steve Smith then formed another crucial partnership of 91 runs for the sixth wicket before Anderson caught Steve Smith at leg before for a stunning 93 off 201 balls. Steve Smith missed another century for just 9 runs while Carey scored 51 off 107 deliveries before getting out on James Anderson’s delivery in the 141st over. Further, Mitchell Starc & Michael Nesser quickly piled up Australia’s scoreboard by scoring a quick half-century to take Australia’s scoreboard above 450 runs mark. Aussies went on to declare its innings at 473 for 9 in 150.5 overs. Now it’s a tough task for England as they have to put their every strength to chase the Mammoth total if they want to win the second test.