Mitchell Starc came back for a new spell and gave his captain a big breakthrough. He went for a surprise short ball and Ben Stokes decided to take him on only to make a feeble connection and find Nathan Lyon at deep square leg. Joe Root’s wicket then reduced England to 101/5, and it is safe to say the tourists have lost the plot after putting on their best opening stand of this series. Now, the onus is squarely on the young shoulders of Ollie Pope and debutant Sam Billings to try and stitch a stand to guide England closer to the target.
That almost went underground!
But Scott Boland won’t care! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/M5QxfVb1E8
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