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Australia went into tea at 76 for 3, trailing by 226 runs on Day Two. Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, and Jake Ball took a wicket each.

The debutant Cameron Bancroft was against the veteran Stuart Broad. With a steady head and soft hands, Bancroft pushed himself forward to dab the length balls. Broad did not mind. He kept hurling in the same line. However, little did Bancroft know that he was being setup. In the next over, Broad pitched one slightly away from the front-footed Bancroft, inducing an edge. Australia were 7 for 1.

Joe Root was impressive with his captaincy. After smothering Usman Khawaja with Broad and James Anderson’s disciplined bowling, Root pitted the southpaw against Moeen Ali. Khawaja anyway has a reputation of being complacent against spinners, and Moeen took very little time to trap him in front. He had a long stride forward, but the replay showed the ball would have hit the top of off-stump. In a quest of clearing 302-run deficit, Australia lost two wickets for 30 runs.

In the middle, taking Australia out of the woods, were captain Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner.

Root stationed a leg-slip for Smith, asking Chris Woakes to aim for the legs; but Smith was well balanced to keep the ball down.

When Australia seemed to have settled down, Ball took Warner by surprise with short ball. Dawid Milan at short mid-wicket took an easy catch. Peter Handscomb scored 14 off 12 before the teams took tea.

Brief scores:

England 302 (Mark Stoneman 53, James Vince 83; Mitchell Starc 3 for 77, Pat Cummins 3 for 85) lead Australia 76 for 3 (David Warner 26, Steven Smith 19*; Chris Woakes 1 for 10, Stuart Broad 1 for 13) by 226 runs.

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