Cricbuzz Staff •
Warner performed 48 balls in the post-lunch session for simply 4 runs, as Australia’s runs got here to a standstill. © AFP
Australia made extraordinarily slow progress in the second session of Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test, however extra importantly, ensured they didn’t lose any wickets in a rain-marred session in Melbourne on Friday (December 29). Australia reached 103 for two at Tea, nonetheless 61 in the back of England. In the sooner session, England had controlled to ship again Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja affordably.
David Warner and Steven Smith put warning over aggression all the way through an attritional 2nd session, towards a disciplined England assault.
Warner performed 48 balls in the post-lunch session for simply 4 runs, as Australia’s runs got here to a standstill. He in spite of everything broke his shackles with a pulled 4 off Tom Curran. He survived a detailed name quickly after, when his chip at the leg aspect avoided a fully-stretched James Anderson at mid-wicket.
When rain arrived for the second one time in the session, resluting in Tea being taken, Warner had moved to 40 off 140 balls – his slowest knock ever for a mininum of 20 runs.
Smith, on the different finish, was once his same old self, in a position to look off England’s bowlers with little alarm. England as soon as once more attempted to more than one plans to Smith, with Anderson bowling from across the stumps and with a packed leg-side box for the opposite pacers, however the Australia captain seemed in large part untroubled as he moved to 25 off 67 balls.
Smith and Warner had placed on 38 runs in 136 balls, with the second one session giving Australia 33 runs in 18.5 overs as rain intervened and compelled the avid gamers off the sphere.
The loss of the float of runs supposed Australia are nonetheless in threat, and they are going to hope Smith and Warner assist the aspect into the lead once imaginable. For England, endurance will likely be key. A wicket or two will exchange issues round enormously.
Brief Scores: Australia 327 & 103/2 (David Warner 40, James Anderson 1-20) path England 491 (Alastair Cook 244*, Pat Cummins Four-117) via 61 runs.