England are battling to Prevent the Followup after Mitchell Starc Disregarded Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes on the morning.
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The left-arm quick produced a superb charm with the second new ball to hammer home Australia’s advantage in the fourth Ashes Test and leave England 278-8 at lunch, trailing by 219 and needing an additional 20 to be certain they’re not requested to go straight back out to bat in the ending of their first innings.
Jos Buttler (26no) stays though and surely retains the key since the hosts attempt to make the first-innings shortage as little as possible and boost their opportunities clinging to get a draw to keep their odds of regaining the urn alive.
Bairstow and stokes made it safely during the six overs to the new ball at the start of the afternoon and it had been a thing of a surprise which it was taken by Starc from Pat Cummins using the old ball after a three-over burst that was fine.
However, his captain’s faith was repaid by Starc, creating the breakthrough and immediately locating a rhythm than he managed on day three. The shot against Bairstow was a one, an expansive drive, but the shipping from Starc was a wonder; rapid, full and glancing back into the right-hander to hit middle stump.
Four overs later, Stokes was gonehis watchful knock ended since Starc discovered the border to gobble up the opportunity at second slip and hit on the lineup a fraction outside off stump.
Himself then nearly ran out before belatedly realising the fielder had the ball in hand, ambling through to get one and shied in the stumps. His dismissal was similarly helpless – petty off and nicking off Cummins – and his angry reaction implied he knew it.
This was the cause for Buttler to move through the gears, hitting on Nathan Lyon to get a set of bounds in the following over, and after he and Stuart Broad (2no) fought through the interval, England would be expecting the World Cup winner can drag them up to 300 and beyond in the afternoon session.
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