AUS vs ENG, Fourth Test, Day 2: After restricting Australia to 242 for 5 on the first day of the fourth Test, England, once again, let Australia come back into the game and dominate the day. England couldn’t dismiss the remaining five wickets quickly as Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja stitched a 115-run stand for the fourth wicket. Steve Smith played a valuable knock of 67 runs off 141 balls, including 5 fours. He, however, missed out on a hundred as Stuart Broad had him caught behind in the 84th over of the innings.
Usman Khawaja, however, stayed firm and went on to score a century in his comeback innings. He showed great grit and determination and took as many as 131 balls to score his fifty before completing his century in 201 deliveries. The duo took the team out of trouble and gave the team advantage going ahead into the Test. Green (5 off 14) and Alex Carey (13 off 39) got out early, while Khawaja was the eighth wicket to fall. He made 137 runs off 260 balls.
England bowlers, once again, failed to run through the tail as Pat Cummins (24 off 47) and Mitchell Starc (34 off 60) also made notable contributions. For England, Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers. He picked five wickets for 101 runs in 29 overs.
Mark Wood, too, bowled at great lengths and asked some tough questions. He, unfortunately, ended up picking only 1 wicket for 76 runs. Anderson also picked 1 wicket and bowled at an economy of under 2 but didn’t look that threatening either on Day 2 of the Test match. Australia declared at 416 for 8 after 134 overs.
England hasn’t lost any wicket in the five overs they played on Day 2. Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley are currently unbeaten at 2 (16) and 2(15) respectively.