The England cricket team are capitulating at Adelaide Oval, with an “absolute heartbreaker” once again robbing them of a wicket.
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Australia lost three wickets in the first session in Adelaide – the hosts were 5/302 at the dinner break, with captain Steve Smith still unbeaten on 55.
Marnus Labuschagne earlier brought up his sixth Test century in the afternoon session, his first in Ashes cricket.
Australia was 2/221 at stumps after Labuschagne and opening batter David Warner combined for a 172-run partnership on day one.
Warner once again fell agonisingly short of a Test century on Thursday, with the 35-year-old slapping a cut shot to Stuart Broad on 95.
Australian players and match officials will wear black armbands on Friday to honour those lost in the Devenport tragedy.
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England skipper removes Head
Joe Root has dismissed Gabba centurion Travis Head for 18, bowling the left-hander with a low full toss.
Moments after Head and Australian captain Steve Smith brought up their 50-run partnership, the Redbacks skipper charged down the wicket and swiped at a full delivery from the off-spinner that crashed into leg stump.
West Australian all-rounder Cameron Green was the new player in the middle, but his stay at the crease only lasted five deliveries.
Ben Stokes delivered an absolute peach to Green, that nipped away from the right-hander and struck the top of off stump.
The tall 22-year-old was back in the sheds for 2, his second consecutive single-figure score of the series.
Drama after Marnus brings up Test century No. 6
He just bats, and bats, and bats.
Australian No. 3 Marnus Labuschagne has brought up his sixth Test century, reaching the milestone at Adelaide Oval in 287 deliveries – the slowest of his career.
It’s his first ton in Ashes cricket, and his second of the calendar year.
Labuschagne also becomes the first cricketer to score three centuries in day-night Test matches – Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq is next best with two.
“Well played young man! Magnificent moment in a young Test career,” former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said on Channel 7.
“He just loves batting, becoming a run-making machine. What this Australian Test team have been yearning for – someone at number three with a rock solid technique that can come in and take control of games like he has right from the start of his Test career!”
But soon after, England seamer Ollie Robinson found the outside edge of Labuschagne’s bat with a full delivery that nipped away from the right-hander, and the Queenslander started to make his way back to the pavilion for 102.
However, replays showed that Robinson had fractionally overstepped, and umpires called Labuschagne back to the middle after indicating it had been a no-ball.
Loud jeers echoed around Adelaide Oval when the on-field umpire stuck out his arm. Labuschagne couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.
“You’ve got to be kidding me … can you believe it?” Australian great Shane Warne said on Fox Cricket.
Cricket reporter Melinda Farrell posted: “That is an absolute heartbreaker for England.”
England legend Ian Botham was furious on Channel 7’s coverage: “I don‘t think it’s luck. I think it’s poor, poor bowling.
“You do not have to push the line like this, it’s ridiculous. You should be half and half at most. The problem is, these guys go and bowl in the nets and they bowl from 16 -17 yards and when it comes out here, they get it wrong. This is not the first time in this Test series, if they keep on pushing the line, it won’t be the last.”
Robinson eventually got his man in the 98th over, trapping Labuschagne on the front pad to get the long-awaited breakthrough for England.
A review couldn’t save the Australian No. 3, whose marathon knock ended on 103.
Gabba centurion Travis Head joined Smith in the middle, with the hosts 3/251 at the drinks break.
‘Poor bloke’: England gloveman’s ‘unfathomable’ miss
Marnus Labuschagne was riding his luck on day one of the Adelaide Test, with the Australia No. 3 offering a handful of chances in the field throughout his 275-ball marathon.
But England cricket fans were tearing their hair out when wicketkeeper Jos Buttler spilt a regulation chance in the closing 30 minutes of play on Thursday.
Veteran seamer James Anderson bowled a short delivery outside off stump, which Labuschagne looked to punch through cover-point.
The thick outside edge flew at a catchable height to Buttler, who somehow grassed a catch he would have taken 99.9 per cent of the time.
A thunderous roar of disbelief echoed around the venue when replays were shown on the big screens, but nobody was more shocked at the missed chance than Buttler himself.
“You’ve got to feel sorry for him,” former Australian batter Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket.
“He’s looked down on confidence and energy all day. That’s a killer blow, another regulation catch.
“Just a bit late on his footwork, been a long day, long night.”
Former Australian speedster Brett Lee continued: “That’s a dolly. His head wasn’t near the ball – and you can see the frustration.
“He’s one of the world’s nicest guys and it’s the worst feeling in the world to drop a catch.”
Earlier in the day, Buttler took a screamer down the leg-side to remove opener Marcus Harris for 3.
“He‘s a batsman-wicketkeeper, rather than a wicketkeeper-batsman and sometimes you pay if you haven’t got an absolute specialist keeping,” former Test spinner Kerry O’Keeffe explained on Fox Cricket.
“But England want his runs at number seven and they’ll say his keeping is adequate.”
Warne calls for radical over-rate punishment
England has once again failed to get through 90 overs in a day of Test cricket, sparking debate over the sanctions imposed on sides with slow over-rates.
Speaking on Fox Cricket, Australian great Shane Warne suggested that captains should receive one-match bans if their side is slack in the field.
“I sit on the World Cricket Committee, and often talk about the over-rate issue and what’s the appropriate fine,” he explained.
“A lot of us on that committee have talked about not having a fine for over-rates, but the captain misses the next game, because if you don’t bowl your overs in time, the financial penalties don’t seem to be working, and they haven’t worked for a while.
“In the first Test, the entire England team got fined their entire match fee, and they’re still miles behind in this match.
“What about the people that paid their money up in the Gabba to see a full day’s play of 90 overs? They’ve been robbed.
“If the captain doesn’t play the next Test if you don’t bowl your overs in time, you watch them get through the overs.”