Day 2, Edgbaston Test
Australia 136 & 168-7: Warner 77, Finn 5-45
England 281: Root 63, Moeen 59, Lyon 3-36
Comeback man Steven Finn’s sensational seam bowling took England at the verge of pulling of a series lead after day 2 of Edgbaston Test.
Finn’s controlled swing bowling reduced Australia to 168-7 at stumps of Day 2 in Birmingham. Finn, returning to Test after two long years, notched up a five-wicket haul on Thursday to rattle the Aussie batting lineup in their second innings.
Australian batting’s poor show continued on the second day, as David Warner is the soul half-centurion for them in this Test. The aggressive opener slammed 77, and Peter Nevill‘s gutsy 37 not-out of 117 balls was an inning that possibly saved the Aussies from an innings defeat.
Earlier on a seaming track, Australia was bundled out for 136 in their first innings, as the other English speedster James Anderson recorded his Ashes-best figure of 6-47.
England in reply posted a decent 281 riding on a couple of half centuries by top-scorer Joe Root, and a sparkling one on Wednesday by Ian Bell. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon chipped in with three wickets for Australia.
Australia now lead 23 runs with only 3 wickets in hand, and the stage is set for England to finish off the game within lunch on Day 3, given the kind of devastating form seamers have displayed in this Test match.
A win at Edgbaston would give England a 2-1 series lead with two more Tests to go and avenge the humiliating 405 run defeat in the second Test at Lords.