Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh came to the rescue with an unbroken stand of 89 to leave Australia trailing England by 137 runs with six wickets remaining in their first innings at stumps on an enthralling day two of the first Ashes Test.
We summarise Friday’s action, which included 10 wickets in a finely poised, attritional contest at the Gabba.
– Dawid Malan (56) follows the lead of James Vince and Mark Stoneman in repaying the faith shown in him by the selectors, but England collapse from 246-5 to 302 all out.
– Mitchell Starc (3-77) and Pat Cummins (3-85) take three wickets apiece, while Nathan Lyon claims 2-78 – dismissing Moeen Ali for 38 to end a fifth-wicket stand of 83 between the all-rounder and Malan.
– Australia slump to 76-4 in reply as the England bowlers apply the pressure, but captain Smith (64 not out) and surprise selection Marsh (44no) guide them through to 165-4 at the close.
– James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen and Jake Ball take a wicket apiece, debutant Cameron Bancroft the first to go for only five.
3 – England have won just three of their last 23 Tests against Australia when they’ve scored <303 runs in the first innings (D1, L19). Uphill. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/ugz1OVreDg — OptaJason (@OptaJason) November 24, 2017 MOMENT OF THE DAY Australia will be counting on big runs from David Warner at the top of the order as they attempt to regain the urn, but the opening batsman threw his wicket away for 26 when he slapped a short delivery from Ball straight to Malan at short midwicket.