England folded the Australian first innings for 386 and took a 7-run lead. Now, England are batting at 28/2, lead by 35 runs at stumps on day 3. Pat Cummins and Scott Boland sent both the England openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett in the pavilion. Joe Root and Ollie Pope are batting in the middle as rain interrupts play for the second time in the session. England resumed their second innings on 26 for 0 after a 75-minute delay.
As it happened: 1st Ashes Test Day 3
Australia resumed the day from the overnight score of 311/5. Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey stated on the same note from where they left. James Anderson provided England with the first breakthrough, cleaning up Carey for 66. Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey added 118 across two days for the sixth wicket. Before, Carey offered England a chance in the first over of the day but Bairstow missed the chance.
Pat Cummins and Khawaja then took Australia close to England’s first innings total of 393/8 (declared). But, Ollie Robinson brought an end to Khawaja’s innings on 141. Pat Cummins and Khawaja added 34 runs for the seventh wicket. Cummins was the final batter to depart for 38 after being caught by Ben Stokes. Nathan Lyon and Scott Boland scored 1 and 0 respectively. Nathan was dismissed by Robinson while Boland was removed by Stuart Broad. The tourists lost their last four wickets for 14 runs.
Moeen Ali’s 36th birthday celebrations started with the bad news. He has been fined 25% of his match fee for spraying a “drying agent” on his bowling hand. Also one demerit point has been added to Moeen’s disciplinary record. This was the England all-rounder’s first offence in the past 24 months. Moeen Ali has breached Article 2.20 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. It relates to displaying conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.
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