Ashes: Australia edge closer to 2-0 lead with wickets of England’s Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Ben Stokes
    Ben Stokes
    Cricketer (born 1991)
  • Ollie Pope
    Cricketer (born 1998)
  • Mitchell Starc
    Mitchell Starc
    Australian cricketer
Australia celebrate the wicket of Ben Stokes on DRS (Getty Images)
Australia celebrate the wicket of Ben Stokes on DRS (Getty Images)

Australia took two big steps towards victory – and a 2-0 lead in the series – with the wickets of Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes on the first session of the final day of the Second Test in Adelaide.

After the painful – in more ways than one – loss of Joe Root on the fourth evening, England had just six wickets to play with in 90 overs on the fifth day.

Just 13 balls into the day, they lost Pope, who has had a poor Test and is under pressure for Melbourne. Mitchell Starc angled a ball simply across him and it took the edge.

On a pair, Jos Buttler also edged Starc. But the ball flew between the motionless wicketkeeper, Alex Carey, and first slip, David Warner, at very catchable height. Carey was at fault.

Buttler settled, but never looked entirely untroubled, and when Stokes’ second vigil of the match ended, so did England’s realistic hopes. Having faced 77 balls for his 12 (to go with 98 for 34 on Saturday), Stokes went back to Nathan Lyon and was struck on the pad. The umpire said no, but a speculative Australia review revealed the ball was crashing into leg-stump.

That brought Buttler and Chris Woakes together, and they made it to lunch. On nought, Woakes survived an Australian review for caught behind, but was soon driving with confidence.

By the first break of the day, with the new ball six overs away, they had shared 37.

Australia are a team exuding confidence, to the extent that they were able to name an unchanged 15-man squad for the remainder of the series while play was underway in Adelaide.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting