Lyon celebrates after taking a blinder    Getty Images
Lyon celebrates after taking a blinder Getty Images

Every time England get the momentum going, Nathan Lyon finds a way to break it. He did that in the Gabba Test, and has continued to do so at Adelaide Oval. When Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman had found their feet, it was Lyon’s off-breaks that made Cook poke outside off-stump. Lyon then put a break on England’s acceleration. After Moeen Ali swept two fours off him, Lyon outfoxed him with a length delivery. Undecided on whether to flick it or not, Moeen pushed it straight back to Lyon. Flying to his left, Lyon took a one-handed blinder. Jonny Bairstow had a good start as well, but Mitchell Starc had him caught and bowled.

Then came the best partnership from unlikeliest of sources. Chris Woakes and Craig Overton added 66 runs for the eighth wicket. The duo scored boundaries, especially on the off side, at will. With England losing wickets at quick succession, Woakes and Overton had nothing to lose. They went great guns and frustrated the Australians. England, however, lost Woakes at the stroke of tea. Starc found a top edge. England went into dinner at 219 for 8.

Brief scores:

Australia 442 for 8 (Usman Khawaja 53, Shaun Marsh 103*, Tim Paine 57; Stuart Broad 2 for 57, Craig Overton 2 for 89) lead England 219 for 8 (Alastair Cook 37, Pat Cummins 2 for 44) by 223 runs.

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