The Ashes: Latest from down under as Anderson removes Gloucestershire’s Bancroft early

At the close of play on day three, the balance of the Second Test could have swung ever so marginally in England’s favour.

Following an appalling start to the day, with their remaining wickets falling very cheaply, England’s bowlers came out and showed a spirited fight back. ┬áHaving bowled England out for 227, Australia decided not to enforce the follow on, a decision they could potentially regret.

Making use of familiar conditions Anderson and Broad started well, troubling the outside edge of both opening batsmen. Anderson removed Bancroft early to get the English bowlers in the mood for more. With the lights taking full affect the pink ball started to talk more than at any point throughout the match, and England’s bowlers made it count.

Jimmy Anderson and Chris Woakes took two wickets apiece as the Aussies limped to 53-4. They may still have a 268 run lead, but the momentum has swung in England’s favour. Captain Steve Smith is back in the hutch and England have got their tails up. A quick start tomorrow and England could pull off the miraculous.


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