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Australia yet again dominated the day as they put themselves in a commanding lead on day one of the second Ashes test match; the home side ended the day on 221 for two wickets in this day night test.

David Warner batted defiantly to score 95 from 167 balls before he pulled a long hop straight to Stuart Broad at mid-wicket to give Ben Stokes his first wicket of the match.

Marnus Labuschagne battled alongside Warner throughout, finishing the day 95 not out from 275 balls. The Australian found it hard to find rythm and was very lucky as he was dropped by Jos Buttler from a regulation catch.

England got a brilliant early breakthrough when Buttler took a stunning diving catch when Marcus Harris got a tickle on the ball down the leg side off Stuart Broad’s bowling.

However, that was where England’s success ended and Australia have now put themselves in a great position to build a huge first innings score.

England again seem to have made huge selection mistakes leaving out pace bowler Mark Wood and spinner Jack Leach; England’s attack seems too similar with five medium pace swing bowlers in the attack.

England will be hopeful of picking up some early wickets in the morning and limiting the home side to under 400 before putting up a respectable score themselves.

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March 2024