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Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali added 73 runs for the fifth wicket before Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon joined forces to wrap up England for 302 in the morning session of Day Two.

Resuming the day at 196 for 4, Malan and Moeen pushed Australia in further misery, looking on course for a score over 350. However, Australia bounced back and dismissed both set batsmen in consecutive overs. First to go was Malan. Starc had him caught off a bouncer at the boundary line. Lyon then had Moeen trapped in front with one that holds it line. And thus began the slump.

Two overs later, Lyon outfoxed Chris Woakes with his off-spinner for a duck. No. 7 Jonny Bairstow gave his all to lead the resurgence, but he top-edged Pat Cummins’ bouncer in the quest of going big.

There, however, were two entertaining innings towards end. Jake Ball smacked Lyon for three boundaries in an over — the best was the heave past deep mid-wicket. Stuart Broad then used his long handle and took England past 300 with a mighty pull on the leg-side.

Given Australia’s wicket-takers could not put the final nail in the coffin, Steven Smith brought Josh Hazlewood into the attack. He dismissed him in the very over.

In all England lost their last 6 wickets for 56 runs.

Brief scores:

England 302 (Mark Stoneman 53, James Vince 83; Mitchell Starc 3 for 77, Pat Cummins 3 for 85) vs Australia.

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