Australia 96-2 at tea, replying to England`s 346
Published: 12:41 PM, 5 January 2018 Updated: 04:09 PM, 5 January 2018
Australia lost Cameron Bancroft and then David Warner just before the end of the afternoon session and score 96-2 at tea break and 250 runs behind after bowling England out for 346 earlier on the second day of the fifth Ashes test on Friday.
Seamer Stuart Broad gave England the perfect splendid day by bowling opener Bancroft for a duck with his second ball of the day, but Australia responded with Warner scoring his third half-century in the series as part of 85 runs partnership with Usman Khawaja to steady the innings.
Australia appeared to be gaining a strong grip on the contest, Jimmy Anderson struck minutes before tea break to caught behind Warner for 56 off 104 balls.
Captain Steve Smith was not out and batting with Khawaja who was unbeaten on 35 and working hard to find form and rhythm in his innings.
Warner who has three centuries in his last three tests at the Sydney Cricket Ground, seemed to be on course for another century as he raised his 50 off 89 balls with five boundaries.
Earlier, some big hitting by the lower order batsman, helped England to add 113 runs and reached a competitive score despite losing their last specialist batsman, Dawid Malan (62), early in the session to a spectacular one-handed catch by Smith at second slip.
Broad and Curran who is playing his second test, guide England to past 300 runs and kept swinging the bat in spectacular 41-run partnership before Curran popped a catch to Bancroft at short leg off Cummins for 39 by which England managed to score 346 runs.
On day one, following a two-hour rain delay, England had slipped to 95-3 before Joe Root and Malan shared a 133-run partnership to frustrate Australia until a late flurry of wickets changed the momentum of the match as the tourists slipped to 233-5 at stumps.
Australia won the first three tests which ensure them to regain the Ashes and the fourth test was drawn last week in Melbourne.
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