The Ashes 2021/22 second Test LIVE updates: Green dismisses Root again as England skipper’s curse continues

Malan gone as well!

What a brilliant piece of captaincy from Steve Smith, who pulled Cameron Green out of the attack – having taken 1-6 from five overs in this spell, including the big wicket of Root – to bring back Mitchell Starc.

It’s worked an absolute treat as Malan tries to cut Starc and gets a thick outside edge that is caught by Steve Smith.

Malan also ruins a chance of a hundred, dismissed for 80.

Funny what a couple of wickets can do. Australia are right on top again, all in the space of ten minutes.

England 4-157, trail by 316 runs

Root’s Australian struggles

From 11 matches and 20 innings, Root now has 721 runs at 40.05.

Eight fifties. Zero hundreds. His overall Test record is 52 half centuries and 23 centuries.

A terrible conversion rate.

Meanwhile, Stokes is yet to get off the mark from 15 balls. Lyon getting good revs on the ball.

England 3-153

Root makes his way from the Adelaide Oval after being dismissed by Cameron Green for 62.

Root makes his way from the Adelaide Oval after being dismissed by Cameron Green for 62. Credit:Getty

ROOT GONE!

Huge wicket for Australia as Cameron Green removes the England captain. Second time in two innings in similar fashion, caught behind the wicket.

He is gone for 62 after once again making a 50 but failing to pass 100 on these shores. Root just cannot go on and make triple figures in Australia.

Earlier in the over, Green almost nicked off Root. Came in close to the stumps and sent down a ball that nipped off the seam ever so slightly to beat Root’s outside edge. He did it the over before as well.

What a build-up, as Steve Smith takes a simple catch at slip. The Australians are ecstatic.

England 3-150

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150 up for England

At the other end, Lyon is coming around the wicket to Malan and is cut for four. A tad short and hit hard by England’s No.3.

Meanwhile, if we look at Joe Root’s wagon wheel, the England captain has his 42 of 62 runs (67.7 per cent) behind the wicket.

England 2-150

We’re back! Cameron Green has the ball in his hand

The 22-year-old has 0-11 from two overs today and wouldn’t Steve Smith love a breakthrough from the youngster.

First ball is a beauty, right at the top of off, that Root blocks to cover.

Ball four, Root glides the ball through a vacant slips region by opening the face of the bat. Four runs. Smith doesn’t look thrilled as the ball races past his right.

The bookies have Australia at $2.15 and England at $14. The draw is $1.95.

England 2-144, trail by 329 runs

Root and Malan have been rock solid on day three.

Root and Malan have been rock solid on day three. Credit:Getty

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Australia fail to take a wicket in first session

What a session for England, who didn’t lose a wicket and put on a further 123 runs.

Australia will be incredibly disappointed that they couldn’t continue their dominance from last night.

Without taking anything away from Richardson and Neser, the loss of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood looks to be telling here. Hot sun, flat pitch … this next session will be very important in the context of the match.

England 2-140

1600 calendar runs for Joe Root

The records keep tumbling for Root, who becomes the fourth player in history to chalk up 1600 Test runs in a calendar year. More than Michael Clarke in 2012 (graphic below).

Root reverse sweeps in Adelaide.

Root reverse sweeps in Adelaide. Credit:Getty

What’s doing with Richardson’s toe!?

It appears Jhye Richardson’s toe has popped out the front of his boot while bowling. I have never seen anything like that. He must have an almighty blister there. Perhaps time for some new socks?

Meanwhile, Joe Root has just brought up his half century. It’s a very classy knock.

Another reminder: Root has never scored a Test century in Australia.

England 2-134 after 39 overs, trail by 339 runs

Jhye Richardson’s big toe has burst out the front of his bowling shoe.

Jhye Richardson’s big toe has burst out the front of his bowling shoe. Credit:Fox Cricket

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England pair look set to bat the session

Root and Malan have been very impressive on this flat Adelaide pitch. They’ve picked gaps well and are keeping England in this Test. It’s a very similar story to their 162-run stand in Brisbane.

They’ve now put on 105 runs from 179 deliveries and only need to survive another 20 minutes to make it to the break unscathed.

England 2-117

Root and Malan have been in fine touch.

Root and Malan have been in fine touch. Credit:Getty

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