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Australia continued their dominance over England, putting themselves in a position where they need just six wickets on the final day to go two nil up in the series.

Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head both hit 51 to drive Australia to 230 for nine wickets which Steve Smith declared on leaving England needing 468 to win the second test match.

England picked up early wickets in the morning session with James Anderson bowling Michael Neser for three, Stuart Broad getting Marcus Harris caught behind for 23 and Steve Smith was caught down the leg side off Ollie Robinson’s bowling leaving the hosts 55 for four wickets.

However, the huge partnership between Labuschagne and Head put England in an impossible position and it was only broken as Ben Stokes took a flying catch in the deep off Ollie Robinson’s bowling.

Yet again England lost an early wicket with Haseeb Hameed edging behind for a duck from Jhye Richardson’s bowling.

Dawid Malan got a start and looked to be continuing his form from his last two innings but the number three batsman was out LBW to Neser for 20.

Rory Burns got his highest score of the series so far and looked good for his 34 before he edged Richardson’s delivery to Steve Smith.

Joe Root and Stokes were seeing out the day brilliantly until Joe Root edged behind off Mitchell Starc for 24, a frustrating end to the day for the visitors, leaving them in a delicate position going into the final day.

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April 2024