Ashes, 2nd Test: Aussies in driver’s seat, Warner miss century by 5 runs

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Adelaide: Australia had a comfortable first day in Adelaide in the second Ashes Test against England with the exceptional partnership of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

At stumps, Australia were 221/2 with Labuschagne (95*) and Steve Smith (18*) currently unbeaten at the crease. Resuming the final session at 129/1, Warner and Labuschagne resumed where they left off and continued to put pressure on England. Both shared a 172-run partnership for the second wicket.

Warner once again missed a century when Ben Stokes was dismissed in the 65th over. The left-handed batsman scored 95 runs in 167 balls with the help of 11 fours.

After the game, Labuschagne said he felt for David Warner as the left-hander missed out on scoring a century in the ongoing second Ashes Test against England.

“I think the final passage of the game really tested us and prepared us for tomorrow. Maybe the last phase was interesting and tested my patience, leaving Butler was unbelievable, but my job is to capitalize on it. Tomorrow, No chance,” Labuschagne said after the stumps.

“Davy was going well about his innings. He was patient, went so many balls without scoring. I think for him, scoring 95 runs, but he’ll take it. Self-talk Potentially both Getting into the bowler’s head, but mainly self-talk, so it’s two birds with one stone,” he said.

Labuschagne along with skipper Steve Smith made sure Australia didn’t lose any more wickets before stumps. It is important to note that Labuschagne was dropped by Jos Buttler when the right-hander was on 95. Australia, led by Steve Smith, faced the early dismissal of opener Marcus Harris in the seventh over.

Brief scores: Australia 221/2 (Marnus Labuschagne 95*, David Warner 95; Stuart Broad 1-34).

First published:December 16, 2021, 5:49 pm

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