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England fell from 220 for two wickets to 297 all out, losing their last eight wickets for just 77 runs ruining all the good work they had done on day three.

Dawid Malan lost his wicket almost instantly after the start of day four, falling for 82 caught by Marnus Labuschagne off Nathan Lyon’s bowling for the off-spinner’s 400th test wicket.

Joe Root followed Malan back to the dressing room quickly after, coming 11 runs short of his hundred, as he was caught behind by Alex Carey playing a loose shot to Cameron Green’s delivery.

Ollie Pope was removed for just six runs as he was caught by Steve Smith from spinner Lyon’s bowling and Ben Stokes could only score 14 off 49 balls before he was sent back to the dressing room, edging Pat Cummins delivery to Green.

Jos Buttler and Ollie Robinson also went cheaply. Buttler was caught behind for 23 off Hazlewood’s bowling and Robinson was caught by Travis Head for eight to give Lyon his third wicket of the innings leaving England eight wickets down.

Mark Wood was clean bowled by Lyon for six to leave England nine down.

Chris Woakes was caught behind by Carey off Green’s bowling for 16 and England were all out for 297, leaving Australia with a target of just 20 to win the first test.

The impressive Robinson managed to pick up the wicket of Carey for 9, caught behind by Buttler.

However, Australia managed to knock off the runs within six overs to win the first test comfortably by nine wickets to put them one nil up in the series.

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July 2024