(Cricket news) At the end of day 2 in the pink ball Test at Adelaide, England are 17/2 trailing Australia by 456 runs. England are in deep trouble as Joe Root and Dawid Malan would be looking to get a partnership together on day 3 just like they did at the Gabba.
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne came out to bat. Labuschagne got to the 6th Test century. He was soon caught in the slips off Ollie Robinson but it was declared a no ball for overstepping. It was the 3rd time he had survived due to an opposition mistake. His luck soon ran out as Robinson trapped him in front as he didn't offer a shot. Joe Root bought himself into the attack and cleaned up Travid Head when he was on 18. Moments later Ben Stokes got rid of Cameron Green with a ball similar to the one that dismissed him in Brisbane.
Alex Carey provided good support to Steve Smith as the stand-in captain got himself to 93. He missed out on what would have been a hard fought century as he was dismissed by James Anderson. Alex Carey got to his maiden Test fifty in only his 2nd game but couldn't convert it as Anderson picked up his 2nd wicket. Mitchell Starc, Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson were swinging hard at every ball with the clear intentions of getting as many runs as possible and having a crack at the England openers towards the end of the day.
Steve Smith declared at 473/9 as Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns came out to bat. Mitchell Starc started with a few wide deliveries to Hameed. Jhye Richardson from the other end was breathing fire as he got the ball to swing more than anyone in the game. Starc provided the first breakthrough as he got rid of Burns once again. Micheal Neser picked up his first wicket with only his 2nd ball in Test cricket. Joe Root edged Neser's ball in the same over which fell just short of Smith at 2nd slip. The day ended early due to a slight drizzle and lightning.
England are currently 17/2 trailing by 456 runs. Root and Malan need to replicate their partnership at the Gabba. Stokes bowled really well in the first innings and would be keen to translate the same form with the willow. Australia are on fire and will be looking at bowling out England on as soon as possible and potentially enforce a follow on.