The Ashes round-up: Australia well and truly ahead

Day three of the second Test was eventful with as many as 13 wickets falling. Here are all the big moments and key stats from the third day’s play.

James Anderson

James Anderson and Chris Woakes took two wickets apiece to keep England afloat in the second Test   -  AFP

There was an air of tradition almost as England collapsed in Adelaide on Monday to hand Australia the initiative in the second Test.

Joe Root and Alastair Cook, who are arguably the two most important batsmen in English batting line-up, were among those blown away in the first session at Adelaide Oval. And, though England bowled brilliantly under the lights after being bowled out for 227 in its first innings, Australia was 268 runs ahead by the close of play.

Read: England's hopes fade despite fightback under lights

THE HEADLINES

- England reduced to 102-5, James Vince (2), Root (9), Cook (37) and Dawid Malan (19) all falling in the first session.

- Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc take screamers of their own bowling to dismiss Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow respectively.

- Lyon mops up the England tail to move on par with India’s R. Ashwin’s tally of 55 wickets in 2017, with Craig Overton (41 not out) top-scoring at number nine on debut.

Read: Lyon joint-highest wicket-taker in Tests in 2017

- James Anderson (2-14) and Chris Woakes (2-13) get the pink ball talking in the night session to reduce Australia to 53-4, but England's resistance comes too late.

MOMENT OF THE DAY

Lyon's full-length dive to his left to pluck the ball (one-handed with his left hand) that was flying in the direction of mid-on perhaps looked the more spectacular. But Starc's incredible show of reflexes to fling a hand at Jonny Bairstow's solid drive and take it at the second attempt was a truly super-human effort.

OPTA FACTS

- England hasn't won when conceding a lead batting second since 2008 (vs NZ, Old Trafford). Since then, D7 L14, including defeats in each of the last 11 Tests when this has happened.

- Today was only the fourth time in his last 12 third-innings efforts that David Warner's strike rate did not exceed 100.

- 21 of James Anderson's 44 Test wickets in 2017 have been of top-four batsmen.

- England's highest successful chase in Australia is 332-7 in 1928-29. Their highest successful chase at Adelaide is 112-3 in 1911-12.

REACTION

"We weren't expecting as much swing," Anderson told BT Sport of the bowler-friendly twilight conditions. "Even when it's doing the amount it did you’ve got to put it in the right areas, we learnt from the first innings."

England may well have impressed, but Starc was not concerned: "We've got a big lead, so it's not ideal to go to stumps four down but we're 260 ahead and England have got two big night sessions ahead of them if they want to win. I'd rather be in our dressing room than theirs."

VICTORY IN SIGHT

Despite winning the night session on day three with the ball, England could have as many as five sessions to bat through and salvage this Test, and perhaps the series. Would you fancy its chances?

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