The Australian openers shone bright in the morning session on Day 4, going to Lunch at 75 without loss. Unlike the first dig in the fifth and final Ashes Test, Usman Khawaja batted positively from the word go and didn’t miss out on scoring avenues. David Warner was archetypally busy at the crease and the southpaws got Australia off to a promising start. The scoring rate was healthy enough and neither of the two batters gave England a sniff.
In what was a bizarre incident during the first session, James Anderson inadvertently bowled a beamer to Warner, who was taken aback by the nasty delivery at first before managing to show the presence of mind to somehow ramp it over the slip cordon.
Conditions look ideal to bat on although footmarks have taken form on the pitch now. Much to Australia’s respite, none of them are in line with the stumps, meaning that the southpaws in the middle have been able to handle the off-spinning duo of Moeen Ali and Joe Root with ease.
OUCH! A wild one from Jimmy Anderson 😳
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