Brisbane - Australia
lost the big wicket of David Warner as England applied pressure after
collapsing to 302 all out on the second day of the first Ashes Test at
the Gabba on Friday.
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The tourists, who lost their last six wickets before lunch, had the
Australians on the ropes with three batsmen out in the middle session,
including the prized scalp of Warner.
At tea, Australia were 76 for three off 24 overs, with skipper Steve Smith on 19 and Peter Handscomb on 14.
Smith was Australia's big hope and under pressure for a high score
after Australia suffered a familiar batting order malfunction.
Captain Joe Root had his plans for Smith and tried to pin the Australian captain down with an encircling field.
Warner attempted to pull newcomer Jake Ball through the leg-side only
to find Dawid Malan at short mid-wicket for 26 off 43 balls.
That left the Australians on a shaky 59 for three after the
dismissals of debutant opener Cameron Bancroft and the misfiring Usman
Bancroft lasted 19 balls in his first Test before he edged a Stuart Broad lifter outside off-stump for five in the fourth over.
Bancroft forced his way into the Test side at the expense of Matthew
Renshaw on the weight of prolific scores in the Sheffield Shield for
Western Australia, including an unbeaten 228.
Khawaja was deceived by Moeen Ali's spin playing forward and fell leg
before wicket for 11, leaving the Australians 30 for two in the 11th
Earlier, England lost six wickets for 56 to fold for 302 all out in their first innings at lunch.
The tourists were looking solid in an 83-run partnership between
Dawid Malan and Moeen before Malan's dismissal triggered a clatter of
Root's team tumbled from 246 for four to be all out with fast bowlers
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins each taking three wickets and spinner
Nathan Lyon two.
Malan, the Middlesex left-hander, hit 11 fours in his third Test
fifty off 130 balls in his first Ashes Test before he top-edged a Starc
lifter and was caught by Shaun Marsh at deep square leg for 56.
Seven balls later, in the 104th over, Lyon removed all-rounder Moeen
leg before wicket for 38, with the dismissal confirmed on review.
Lyon, who was proving a handful with his drift and turn, struck again
with the first ball of his next over, bowling Chris Woakes for a duck.
Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow followed shortly afterwards for nine, as
he dollied Cummins to Tim Paine for the gloveman's first catch after
seven years in the Test wilderness.
Jake Ball smacked three fours before he was snapped up by a diving
Warner at leg slip off Starc for 14, and Broad was dropped by Marsh
before he went for 20 to an outfield catch by Handscomb.
Starc finished with bowling figures of three for 77, Cummins took three for 85 and Lyon two for 78.