Australia again in the ascendancy after latest England batting collapse in Hobart

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Australia vs England, Ashes 2021/22 live: score and updates from fifth Test day two in Hobart - PA
Australia vs England, Ashes 2021/22 live: score and updates from fifth Test day two in Hobart - PA
  • Australia vs England, fifth Test: live scoreboard

  • Australia all out for 303 in first session of the day

  • England dismissed for 188 after latest batting debacle

  • Warner, Labuschagne and Khawaja fall early in hosts' second innings but tourists again up against it

The Australia supporters on the grassy bank at the Bellerive Oval could barely summon the energy for their “4-0” chant at England such is the predictability of this series.

They had just watched Australia bowl England out for 188 in 47.4 overs, take a 115-run first innings lead and witnessed a succession of English batsmen succumb to abject shots. Again.

Only Mark Wood’s sheer pace and will to keep going provided England with any real joy, his dismissal of Usman Khawaja with an unplayable short ball in the final half hour just reward for a bowler who has refused to give up against the odds.

A short Test beckons with Australia 37 for three, 152 ahead after 17 wickets fell on the second day, England missing their last chance to make 300 in the first innings.

Tom Harrison, the England & Wales Cricket Board’s chief executive, watched from the Chairman's Suite just 24 hours after calling for a “reset” of English first-class cricket. Just one look at England’s first-innings totals in this series tells you why that is so needed. They have managed 147, 236, 185, 294 and now 188.

Stuart Broad has a better batting average (13.66) than Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed and Ollie Pope. Even Joe Root’s has declined to 34.55 in this series, the dream of a first Ashes hundred in Australia fading long into the distance.

Australia’s 10th wicket averages 14.00, which is higher than England’s opening partnerships, 12.77, and the duck tally in nine innings now stands at 16 - Burns chipping in with his ninth in Test cricket on Saturday.

They are grumpy too. Broad lost his rag at the robot camera that runs around the boundary rope, the kind of distraction that is not worth wasting energy on.

Burns’ series has never recovered from his first baller at the Gabba and he was dropped three innings later. This was his chance, an unexpected recall at the expense of Hameed. He even had some luck, edging his sixth ball behind but Australia failing to hear the nick and not bothering with the review.

It did not matter. He was run out without facing another ball, slow on his heels and failing to dive as Marnus Labuschagne threw down the stumps from cover - something England have not managed. It was Zak Crawley’s call and it was tight. They had never opened together and it showed. But Crawley has batted with good intent in his two Tests, whereas Burns was sluggish.

Rory Burns is run out on yet another dire day with the bat for the tourists - AFP
Rory Burns is run out on yet another dire day with the bat for the tourists - AFP

“There had to be more desperation there from Burns. He’s back in the side, fighting for his Test career, and he’s not willing to put in a big dive to try and save his wicket” was the verdict of Ricky Ponting, who would soon be turning on another player from Surrey, his former county.

Pope played a couple of crisp drives and has the talent but no patience. It only takes a string of dot balls before he loses his concentration. He had just played and missed at Scott Boland’s away swinger, but did not heed the warning, poking at a ball on sixth stump he should have left. Pope walked off punching his bat hard. The head coach, Chris Silverwood, probably wanted to punch something else.

“That is just an absolute nothing shot. Ollie Pope you can shake your head as much as you like, but that’s your mistake young man. He knows what Boland is trying to do. All he has done is present Alex Carey with one of the easiest catches he will ever take,” said Ponting, underlining what a fine director of cricket he would be for England.

Sam Billings provided a bit of positivity with a jaunty 29, showing Pope how to leave the ball which was remarkable given he has only played Twenty20 recently. But at least he has had some competitive cricket. Burns and Pope were cold with no cricket since the Adelaide Test nearly a month ago, whereas Billings was brimming with energy behind the stumps and ready to commit to shots.

He also turned upside down another one of England’s pre-tour promises. They did not want to give anyone a debut in the Ashes thinking throwing them in would be setting a player up for failure but he showed the benefit of fresh blood. What a shame England were not shrewd enough to keep on Saqib Mahmood and pick him in place of the lumbering Ollie Robinson, another mistake to add to the long list.

England made short work of Australia’s first innings in the morning - Wood taking two wickets with the bouncer - but not before the tail added 62 to lift the total to 303. Robinson was not even on the field, and he batted at 11 due to his stiff back.

After the Burns run out, Crawley was caught at bat pad off the inside edge but Dawid Malan and Root started to rebuild, their 49 for the third wicket would be the highest stand of the innings. Malan has waned and he could not last the distance again. Pat Cummins brought himself on to breakthrough. The England No.3 was caught down the leg side playing a hesitant shot.

Cummins was brilliant to Root, producing the quick nipbacker that is the England captain’s weakness (and why he is hit so much on the thighs and box in Australia). He was leg before and England were still 222 behind. It was the eighth time Cummins has dismissed Root and there has only been one winner of the battle of the captains.

Pat Cummins celebrates taking the wicket of Joe Root - the Australian captain has easily come out on top in the battle of the skippers this series  - PA
Pat Cummins celebrates taking the wicket of Joe Root - the Australian captain has easily come out on top in the battle of the skippers this series - PA

Mitchell Starc had Ben Stokes caught at backward point for four playing an ambitious shot early on as England lost three wickets in 21 balls. Chris Woakes was twice dropped in the slips, Australia able to conjure opportunities at will.

Billings played some excellent crisp drives on the front foot but was caught hooking. Broad dragged on but had been standing so far to leg against Starc that it was a surprise he could reach it.

England’s bowlers struck quickly in an action packed last hour made for the television audience, which is what pink-ball Test cricket is about. David Warner made his second pair in seven matches against England, again out to Broad bowling round the wicket, this time caught brilliantly by Pope at gully. It was the highlight of England’s day. Then again, that was not hard.

Fifth Ashes Test, day two in Hobart - as it happened

11:37 AM

That is stumps

What a day - 17 wickets fell and this match is already far progressed even though it's only the end of the second day. Australia's lead is up to 152 runs with seven wickets remaining.

England aren't out of it BUT it will take lots of quick wickets tomorrow morning and a batting performance that looks highly unlikely going on the past two months for the improbable result to take place. One can but dream...

Nick Hoult's report from an action-packed day will appear above here shortly.

11:33 AM

OVER 19 - AUS 37/3 (Smith 17 Boland 3)

Wood is on and wraps Boland on the glove - his right one, his bowling hand - first ball. The Aussie needs no encouragement to call for the physio - that guarantees this will be the last over of the day. There’s more short stuff from the England pace ace but Boland gets in behind the ball and plays all the 90mph deliveries with aplomb. The last ball of the day is a brilliant yorker that Boland digs out fantastically. That’s it for the day and that’s a fine innings of 25 balls so far from the nightwatchman.

11:27 AM

OVER 18 - AUS 37/3 (Smith 17 Boland 3)

Eight minutes to go at the start of this Robinson over - so two overs for the tourists to try and capture one more wicket. Robinson beats the bat of Boland second ball - Billings is convinced that took the edge, Robinson less so. They don’t appeal and the replay shows why - there was clear daylight between bat and ball. Robinson then gets one to nip back too much before Boland gets a single off the fifth ball to again take the pressure off Smith and Head who is due in next.

11:23 AM

OVER 17 - AUS 36/3 (Smith 17 Boland 2)

Smith flicks Woakes for a single second ball. That leaves Boland on strike, Woakes then gets one to spit up off a length that the nightwatchman deals with well. He then scampers a single and will be on strike for the next over - Boland's doing his job of protecting the batsmen well.

11:19 AM

Wood's brute of a ball

11:18 AM

OVER 16 - AUS 34/3 (Smith 16 Boland 1)

Seventeen wickets have fallen today - England would dearly love love another before stumps. Boland, however, has other ideas as he looks solid in defence, showing the full face of the bat to Robinson’s first two balls. The third then jags back and wraps the Australian on the pads, there’s a half-hearted appeal as it was going over the stumps. Boland sees off the rest of that probing over.

11:14 AM

OVER 15 - AUS 34/3 (Smith 16 Boland 1)

Australia send in Boland as nightwatchman - under the lights with Wood bowling at 90mph, that’s a brave decision with still 15 minutes or so to go…

He survives the remaining five balls of the over managing a single with the last ball.

11:12 AM

Wicket! Khawaja c Billings b Wood 11

That’s a brute of a ball, a bouncer that flicked Khawaja’s glove on the way to Billings behind the stumps. Not sure what the Aussie could have done there - deadly.

FOW - 33/3

11:08 AM

OVER 14: AUS 33/2 (Smith 16 Khawaja 11)

Robinson all over Smith here, rapping him on the thigh pad twice in three balls with nip-backers.

Good stuff from Robinson and that's a maiden.

I'm going to hand over to Greg Wilcox who will take you through to stumps.

11:05 AM

OVER 13: AUS 33/2 (Smith 16 Khawaja 11)

Wood replaces Woakes, and he's a little unlucky here!

Beats Khawaja all ends up with a beauty which nipped away at 88mph, just missing the edge and clipping the top of the left-hander's pad on the way through.

And then the opener slashes a thick edge along the floor through gully for four.

11:01 AM

OVER 12: AUS 27/2 (Smith 16 Khawaja 5)

Interesting, Robinson replaces Woakes. He hasn't bowled since he had a back spasm at the start of the middle session on day one.

Smith flirts with danger, gloving down the leg side but it's out of reach for the leaping Billings and leg gully, and the ball runs away for four.

10:55 AM

OVER 11: AUS 23/2 (Smith 12 Khawaja 5)

And now Khawaja has his first boundary but it's a streaky one, sliced away behind backward point.

It was in the air for a long time but out of reach of any English fielders.

Broad continues his attack from around the wicket but the opener is solid enough in defence, and shoulders arms to the final delivery.

10:52 AM

OVER 10: AUS 19/2 (Smith 12 Khawaja 1)

Growing frustration here for Woakes, after he beats Khawaja outside off three times in five balls with the Aussie opener still marooned on nought from 24 deliveries.

But the bowler then drops a tad short and Khawaja pulls out to long leg to get off the mark.

10:49 AM

OVER 9: AUS 18/2 (Smith 12 Khawaja 0)

Broad beats Smith's bat with a beauty which jags past the outside edge late on. Too good.

Smith solidly in behind the next ball though and just one leg bye to tick the Aussie total over.

10:45 AM

OVER 8: AUS 17/2 (Smith 12 Khawaja 0)

We've had the full Steve Smith Experience in this over.

The Aussie No 4 somehow flicks a ball on middle stump down to fine leg for four, leaving England fielders with heads in hands.

Then he carves a wide ball from Woakes through the covers for another boundary.

And from the final delivery he plays a defensive prod, complete with extravagant bat flourish and a yell of "NO RUN".

10:41 AM

OVER 7: AUS 9/2 (Smith 4 Khawaja 0)

The pink ball is moving all over the place under the lights here and Broad is having a little trouble controlling it.

Smith nudges a single and then Khawaja negotiates the remainder of the over with a mix of solid defensive strokes and well-judge leaves.

10:37 AM

OVER 6: AUS 8/2 (Smith 3 Khawaja 0)

Superb over from Woakes to Khawaja. Over the wicket, using the natural angle to the left-hander and trying to nick him off.

And England think they've got Khawaja caught behind, but the umpire doesn't agree...

Root reviews at the last second - seemingly against his better judgment.

And his suspicions were correct, the ball may have flicked the pad on the way through but missed the bat so Khawaja survives.

He's still on nought from 13 balls.

10:32 AM

OVER 5: AUS 8/2 (Smith 3 Khawaja 0)

Just two to Smith off this Broad over. One of those horrible shuffling shovels he plays from middle-and-off to the leg side.

10:28 AM

OVER 4: AUS 6/2 (Smith 1 Khawaja 0)

Fantastic start for England, similar to the first innings where they reduced the Aussies to 12/3.

Smith gets off the mark with a skittish little nudge into the off side, as is his wont.

Can the tourists sneak another couple of wickets before stumps?

10:23 AM

Wicket!! Labuschagne c Billings b Woakes 5

Oh hello! Strangled down the leg side and Billings takes a tidy grab moving to his left!

FOW 5/2

10:22 AM

OVER 3: AUS 5/1 (Labuschagne 5 Khawaja 0)

Broad is ticking here after Labuschagne's off-side push is misfielded by Woakes, allowing the Aussie No 3 to sneak through for a single.

Khawaja shoulders arms to four balls in a row to end the over.

10:19 AM

OVER 2: AUS 4/1 (Labuschagne 4 Khawaja 0)

Extravagant swing from Woakes to start the over but he needs to start it a little closer to the stumps to really trouble the batsman.

Labuschagne takes three off the final ball, slicing through the cordon with an open face.

10:14 AM

OVER 1: AUS 1/1 (Labuschagne 1 Khawaja 0)

Just the start England would have been talking about before they walked on to the field.

It was an absolutely superb take from Pope at full stretch.

Interesting who shares the new ball with Broad here. Presumably it will be Woakes first up.

Is Robinson fit enough to bowl? He's out there.

10:10 AM

Wicket!! Warner c Pope b Broad 0

Broad get his bunny yet again and Warner is out for a pair!

From around the wicket, the left-hander chops a cut behind point and Pope makes a stunning diving grab!

FOW 0/1

10:09 AM

Here comes the Aussies

Warner and Khawaja batting under the lights.

09:58 AM


Wood steps away and tries to clatter Cummins over extra cover - but misses it and his stumps are scattered.

Another dismal batting performance from England, but the Aussie bowlers deserve some credit, they have been exceptional.

Cummins took four and Starc three, but Boland bowled much better than his one wicket suggests.

England trail by 115 on first innings.

09:55 AM

OVER 47: ENG 182/9 (Wood 10 Robinson 0)

Two wickets in the over for Starc and he's done exactly what his skipper would've wanted when he brought him on a couple of overs ago - help the Aussie clean up the tail in double-quick time.

Wood and Woakes had launched a decent counter-attack but England are staring down the barrel of a 100-plus first-innings deficit now.

09:54 AM

Wicket! Broad b Starc 0

Full ball well wide of off-stump and Broad drags it on.

Dreadful shot, he didn't move his feet at all - and it looks like England are going to be all out for 200 yet again.

FOW 182/9

09:50 AM

Wicket! Woakes c Carey b Starc 36

Oh this is seriously unlucky - another England batsman caught down the leg side!

Starc over the wicket and there's a little sound as Woakes looks to nudge it off his hips and the ball ends up in Carey's gloves.

Not a particularly convincing appeal, and it's given not out on the field. Just a little flick off the thigh pad maybe?

Australia review - and Hot Spot and Snicko confirm there was the slightest of inside edges. Woakes has to go!

FOW 182/8

09:46 AM

OVER 46: ENG 180/7 (Wood 10 Woakes 34)

Shot! Stand and deliver stuff from Wood, who carves the world's No 1-ranked Test bowler through the covers for four!

It's fair to say Cummins isn't best pleased by that, as he drops short twice in a row in response.

Wood isn't a man to back down, though, and looks to take him on - but fails to connect with a couple of ungainly swipes.

09:42 AM

OVER 45: ENG 174/7 (Wood 5 Woakes 33)

Starc into the attack, replacing Boland. The Aussies will hope he can blow away the tail in short order with his extra pace.

But England make it through the over unscathed, and with another 11 added to their score in the process.

Woakes guides another boundary down to third man, while Wood plays a lovely on-drive for three too.

09:37 AM

OVER 44: ENG 163/7 (Wood 1 Woakes 27)

Cummins looks incredulous that he hasn't knocked Woakes over here - and rightly so.

He beats the edge with the first ball of the over and then shaves the off-stump with a nip-backer.

They run a quick leg bye before Wood gets off the mark with a nudge into the off side.

09:32 AM

OVER 43: ENG 161/7 (Wood 0 Woakes 27)

Woakes' run-scoring glut since tea continues, adding another four to his total courtesy of a thick outside edge off Boland that finds a way through the cordon and runs away.

09:29 AM

'Stop moving the robot! Broad loses the plot with TV camera

England fast bowler lost his rag earlier on after being distracted by the camera.

09:28 AM

OVER 42: ENG 152/7 (Wood 0 Woakes 22)

Woakes smashed the first ball of Green over for six over midwicket - but the all-rounder's short-ball barrage paid dividends with the wicket of Billings.

The Aussies are very much into the tail now with the arrival of No 9 Wood.

09:25 AM

Wicket! Billings c Boland b Green 29

Caught in the leg-side trap!

The bumper gets a bit big on him and he doesn't get on top of the hook - the top-edge flies straight to Boland and he does the rest.

A decent knock from Billings, who chanced his arm from the outset and eventually that cost him.

FOW 152/7

09:22 AM

OVER 41: ENG 145/6 (Billings 29 Woakes 15)

Well it seems I've successfully jinxed Boland (see 9:13am post) . After bowling his first 12 overs for 17, his 13th over goes for 10!

Two boundaries from the over - a crunching cover drive from Woakes and thick outside edge from Billings, plus a thick outside edge from Woakes for a couple.

09:16 AM

OVER 40: ENG 134/6 (Billings 25 Woakes 9)

Impressive poise and temperament from Billings, who plays out the first five balls of a testing Green over, before pouncing on the final delivery and cracking it through the covers for a boundary.

09:13 AM

OVER 39: ENG 130/6 (Billings 21 Woakes 9)

Boland is relentless, straight on the money after the tea break - pounding away just outside off stump.

Billings rotates the strike and then Boland beats Woakes with extravagant late movement, an absolute jaffa!

Angled in and swung late then continued on its merry way after it had passed the bat too.

Boland has been so impressive since coming into the side, he doesn't bowl many loose deliveries and keeps the batsmen guessing at all times.

It's quite amazing he didn't get a Test debut until 32 to be honest.

09:08 AM

OVER 38: ENG 129/6 (Billings 20 Woakes 9)

It's a tidy start to the over from Green, with a hint of late swing and a bit of extra bounce catching Billings unawares.

But the England keeper manages to nudge his way off strike, before Woakes pumps the final ball of the over down the ground for four!

Lovely shot from the Warwickshire man, who had looked slightly skittish before the interval. This was a beautiful crunching drive and will do his confidence no harm at all.

09:04 AM

Here we go

Green to get us back under way.

08:44 AM

OVER 37: ENG 124/6 (Billings 19 Woakes 5)

Nope, it's Boland to continue - and Woakes is dropped for a second time!

Flashing drive and it travels quickly to the cordon, where third slip Khawaja dives in front of Smith to his left and shells it!

That's two lives for Woakes now, after Warner put down an absolute sitter earlier.

Woakes survives the rest of the over and that's tea.

England are 179 behind with four wickets in hand and Australia are in total control.

08:39 AM

OVER 36: ENG 124/6 (Billings 19 Woakes 5)

A single for Woakes from this Green over. We'll have time for one more over before tea - time for Lyon to have a quick twirl perhaps?

08:37 AM

OVER 35: ENG 123/6 (Billings 19 Woakes 4)

Billings steers Boland through the cordon for four with soft hands.

He has ridden his luck a little bit with some airy drives but has played a couple of lovely shots too.

08:33 AM

OVER 34: ENG 119/6 (Billings 15 Woakes 4)

Woakes is off the mark, running a wide delivery down to third man for a boundary.

Lovely response from the Aussie all-rounder who beats Woakes all ends up with late movement away.

The lights are on at the Bellerive Oval and the pink ball has certainly started to do a little bit through the air in the last couple of overs.

08:28 AM

OVER 33: ENG 115/6 (Billings 15 Woakes 0)

Another fine over from that man Boland, who entices Billings into a drive outside off and beats the bat courtesy of some late movement.

Billings pats back the last couple and it's another maiden. Boland has one for 13 from nine overs, including five maidens.

08:25 AM

OVER 32: ENG 115/6 (Billings 15 Woakes 0)

Crunching shot from Billings, who stands up tall and thrashes Green through extra cover for four, before getting off strike with a thick inside edge into the leg side.

Billings has been playing T20 cricket in Australia and is going along at a T20 strike rate - 15 off 20.

08:21 AM

OVER 31: ENG 110/6 (Billings 10 Woakes 0)

Boland has been some find for Australia in the absence of Hazlewood and co - and snares his 15th wicket of the series with plenty of help from Pope's woeful shot.

And he nearly has another with the very next ball! Woakes gets a regulation nick to Warner at first slip but he drops an absolute sitter!

08:17 AM

Wicket!! Pope c Carey b Boland 14

Meek dismissal for Pope, who pushes at a ball he should have left outside off and tickles a thin edge through to Carey.

FOW 110/6

08:14 AM

OVER 30: ENG 110/5 (Billings 10 Pope 14)

Classy shot from Pope who clips Cummins away for four through wide mid-on.

He just helped that one on its way, using the pace and angle to his advantage. Pope adds a single to his total with a flick off his hip, and he'll retain the strike.

08:08 AM

OVER 29: ENG 105/5 (Billings 10 Pope 9)

Just a single to Pope from this Starc over.

08:05 AM

OVER 28: ENG 104/5 (Billings 10 Pope 8)

Lovely bowling! Cummins beats Billings' outside edge twice on the bounce - angled in before nibbling away off the seam.

But the Test debutant isn't going to die wondering - he cracks a rising delivery on the up past mid-off for four - before following up with the same dose next ball!

That's England's hundred up... and they've avoided the follow-on.

07:59 AM

OVER 27: ENG 96/5 (Billings 2 Pope 8)

Back-to-back boundaries for Pope - following up a crunching cover drive with a delightful punch through midwicket.

But Starc replies with two beauties in succession, beating the bat on both occasions from over the wicket with the ball darting away late from the right-handed Pope with the angle.

07:52 AM

OVER 26: ENG 88/5 (Billings 2 Pope 0)

Billings gets off the mark in Test cricket as Cummins strays on to his pads and he wristily flicks down to long leg for a couple.

07:48 AM

OVER 25: ENG 85/5 (Billings 0 Pope 0)

When your luck isn't in, it's really isn't in.

Both Crawley and Stokes have fallen to excellent catches. Stokes would have been thinking "runs" when he crashed that ball into the off side - but Lyon clung on to a superb diving catch.

Anyway, the dismissal was the final ball of the over, and it's time for drinks.

07:47 AM

Wicket! Stokes c Lyon b Starc 4

From bad to worse for England. Stokes tries a back-foot punch off the final ball of the over but Lyon manages to take a superb grab and the England all-rounder has to go.

FOW 85/5

07:41 AM

OVER 24: ENG 81/4 (Stokes 0 Pope 0)

Cummins has been brilliant once again, and that wicket has England in all sorts of bother.

Two new batsmen at the crease, both on nought and the ball still continuing to do plenty off the pitch.

The Aussies will surely be thinking about knocking England over for under 200 now.

07:39 AM

Wicket!! Root lbw Cummins 34

What a ball. And the Australians have the wicket they would have been craving.

Cummins from wide on the crease, gets one to jag back a long way and it smashes into Root's pads in front of the stumps.

It looks pretty plumb in real time and after a brief chat with Stokes the England captain walks off without reviewing.

FOW 81/4

07:36 AM

OVER 23: ENG 81/3 (Stokes 0 Root 34)

Three to Root from this Starc over - flicking down to long leg for two then clipping away to midwicket for a single.

Stokes looking a bit scratchy early on, nibbling at a similar ball to the one which dismissed Malan, before launching into an airy drive which fails to connect.

07:30 AM

OVER 22: ENG 78/3 (Stokes 0 Root 31)

It is such a horrible way to get out, but Australia clearly thought there was a chance of dismissing Malan in that fashion - they had a leg slip for a while against him earlier on.

Another so-so score for Malan who started the series in decent form but has struggled to convert a few starts since.

07:27 AM

Wicket! Malan c Carey b Cummins 25

Oh no, strangled down the leg side!

Malan clips a harmless leg-stump half-volley from Cummins straight into Carey's grateful gloves.

Karma for Malan surviving that earlier nick, I suppose.

FOW 78/3

07:23 AM

OVER 21: ENG 77/2 (Malan 25 Root 30)

Starc replaces Boland, and Root welcomes the big left-armer back by sumptuously driving his first ball for four!

It was a pretty rank half-volley outside off but Root despatched it with aplomb, before adding two more to his total with a leg-side flick.

But now there's a huge appeal for lbw! It's given not out on the field but Australia review.

Starc over the wicket, it looks close on off-stump but may be umpire's call or just missing. Yep, Root survives - it was missing off by a whisker. Superb decision by the ump in real time.

The England skipper plays a risky shot next up, swiping a straight ball across the line to midwicket. Then Malan thrashes the final ball of the over behind point for four!

07:16 AM

OVER 20: ENG 64/2 (Malan 21 Root 21)

Root plays a lovely-looking drive into the covers and a misfield from Labuschagne allows the batsmen to scamper through for a single.

Malan then plays a cracking back-foot drive to add another boundary to his tally.

The runs have been flowing at a decent lick since the dinner break, although Australia will be ruing their decision not to refer that Malan nick.

07:12 AM

OVER 19: ENG 59/2 (Malan 17 Root 20)

Four more for Root courtesy of a textbook cover drive off Boland.

Beautiful stuff, leant on a slightly overpitched ball and sent it racing away all along the floor.

Big shouts of encouragement in the cordon after the next ball as Root just manages to jam his bat down on an in-ducker.

Then the England captain plays tip-and-run into the off side to retain the strike.

07:07 AM

OVER 18: ENG 54/2 (Malan 17 Root 15)

Green continues, and Root nudges down to long leg off the back foot for a single.

Then Malan releases a little bit of the pressure with a crunching drive behind point for four. Lovely shot.

07:04 AM

OVER 17: ENG 49/2 (Malan 13 Root 14)

Root wafts unconvincingly outside off at the first ball of Boland's new over but swishes against fresh air.

Much better off the next delivery though, swatting a straight ball away through the leg-side for four.

The England captain then rotates the strike, before Malan is beaten with an absolute beauty.

Around the wicket, angled in and darts away late on.

07:01 AM

OVER 16: ENG 44/2 (Malan 13 Root 9)

Root whips Green through midwicket for three, with the ball chased down just before the boundary rope.

Then Malan takes advantage of a poor ball, caressing a wide half-volley through the covers for four. It was a bit of a gimme but a lovely piece of timing nonetheless.

Muted appeals for caught behind off the next ball, although the Aussies opt not to review. But Snicko suggests there was a little inside edge from Malan as the ball nipped back!

06:54 AM

OVER 15: ENG 37/2 (Malan 9 Root 6)

Another tidy over from Boland, attacking Malan from around the wicket.

Nothing to worry the England No 4 too much - until the final ball of the over which gets some steepling bounce off a good length and raps Malan on the gloves.

Another maiden from Boland.

06:51 AM

OVER 14: ENG 37/2 (Malan 9 Root 6)

Interesting. Green has been given the ball to have a crack at Root early on in this second session.

The young all-rounder has dismissed the England skipper twice in the series so far, with Root averaging just 20 against him.

The Yorkshireman takes two courtesy of a whip of his legs - but then he is beaten outside off!

Nibbled away off the seam and whizzed past Root's attempted fend. Close.

06:45 AM

OVER 13: ENG 35/2 (Malan 9 Root 4)

Boland with the first over after the break - and he's right back on those nagging fourth-stump lines that have served him so well in his short Test career so far.

Root defends the first three, leaves the next well alone and then flicks into the leg side for a single.

06:37 AM

Five minutes or so

Until play resumes after the interval.

06:10 AM

England's duck hunt continues

06:03 AM

OVER 12: ENG 34/2 (Malan 9 Root 3)

Root off the mark, waltzing down the pitch and whipping Cummins away through midwicket wristily for three.

That leaves Malan four balls to negotiate before the dinner break - and he does so comfortably enough.

England wrapped up the last four Australian wickets for 62 but have lost both their openers early on in their reply.

The tourists trail by 269 runs with eight first-innings wickets in hand.

05:59 AM

OVER 11: ENG 30/2 (Malan 7 Root 0)

England finally have a run off Boland. It's taken until the 18th ball of his spell, but Malan works one away off his hip for a single.

It's been a tough spell for the batsmen with some relentless, accurate bowling from the Aussies so far.

One over left until the interval.

05:55 AM

OVER 10: ENG 29/2 (Malan 6 Root 0)

Pressure building here from the Australians in the run-up to the dinner break.

Cummins rattles Root on the thigh pad with a nip-backer and then follows up with one which nibbles away off the seam and fizzes past the England skipper's airy drive.

Roars of encouragement from the Aussie cordon for their captain's efforts. Another maiden.

05:50 AM

OVER 9: ENG 29/2 (Malan 6 Root 0)

Back-to-back maidens from Boland, who is probing away outside off to Malan from over the wicket.

More restraint from the England No 3 in this over though and he keeps the floaty drive in its box.

05:47 AM

OVER 8: ENG 29/2 (Malan 6 Root 0)

England's captain comes in with his side two down for fewer than 30. It feels like we've seen this one before.

That was a sharp grab from Head though, he did well to hold on.

05:45 AM

Wicket! Crawley c Head b Cummins 18

Smart catch! Thick inside edge from Crawley on to this high pad and short leg Head leaps, palms it in the air and grabs it at the second attempt.

FOW 29/2

05:41 AM

OVER 7: ENG 25/1 (Malan 6 Crawley 15)

Boland replaces Starc. Over the wicket to the left-handed Malan and he finds the right areas straight away.

Malan with a flashing drive at one angled across him finds nothing but fresh air, and then he jams his bat down on one which jags back off the seam.

A couple of solid defensive prods end the over. A maiden.

05:36 AM

OVER 6: ENG 25/1 (Malan 6 Crawley 15)

Loose drive from Crawley but it's another boundary.

He throws his hands at a Cummins delivery outside off and it's in the air but wide of the fielders and races away.

The Australian captain has a rueful grin on his face as he watches the ball race away.

05:32 AM

OVER 5: ENG 20/1 (Malan 5 Crawley 11)

Shot! And again! Crawley creams a cover drive for four off the first ball of Starc's over - and then despatches a half-volley down the ground for four more.

Lovely timing from the England opener who was so impressive at the SCG.

05:28 AM

OVER 4: ENG 8/1 (Malan 5 Crawley 3)

Lovely stuff from Cummins, who beats Crawley all ends up twice in a row!

Two deliveries that were nearly mirror images of one another - angled in, drawing the opener forward, and then squaring him up as it darts away off the seam.

A bit too straight with the next ball, though, and Crawley flicks it out to long leg for a single.

05:23 AM

OVER 3: ENG 7/1 (Malan 5 Crawley 2)

Shot! Lovely stuff from Malan who leans on a push down the ground which races away for the first boundary of the innings.

But a great comeback from Starc, who drops a little shorter and entices Malan into a wafty back-foot drive which just misses the edge.

The England No 3 has been out in that manner a couple of times during the series but avoids a repeat performance by inches.

05:17 AM

OVER 2: ENG 3/1 (Malan 1 Crawley 2)

Crawley got off the mark with a thick edge along the ground through the cordon before that kamikaze call skewered his partner Burns who was run out for nought.

Malan the new man in and is squared up by Cummins, edging into the cordon but it drops just short of the waiting catchers.

05:15 AM

Wicket! Burns run out 0

Oh dear me. Crawley drops it into the off side and sets off, before hesitating, then calling Burns through.

Burns is running to the danger end and looks like he is struggling as Labuschagne hits the stumps with a smart piece of fielding.

It's sent upstairs to be checked - and Burns is just short of his ground! He's got to go.

FOW 2/1

05:11 AM

OVER 1: ENG 0/0 (Burns 0 Crawley 0)

Burns negotiates the first over. Just. A couple of close shaves for the recalled left-hander early on.

He was rapped on the pad falling towards the off side, but the delivery from Starc was just sliding down.

Then he was late on a defensive poke and an inside edge bounced just past his stumps...before he played and missed outside off from the final delivery!

05:06 AM

The players are back out

Starc v Burns as England's reply gets under way.

05:03 AM

Here's the final wicket

04:56 AM

WICKET! Lyon b Broad 31

That will do it - full, straight and past Lyon's ugly heave and the ball clatters into the top of off.

Australia all out for 303.

Over to you, England batsmen. They will need to reach 300 for the first time in the series to achieve parity.

04:53 AM

OVER 75: AUS 301/9 (Lyon 29 Boland 10)

Lyon continues to frustrate England, clobbering Wood away behind point for four! That absolutely flew off the bat.

And then he offers up a chance, skying a hook down towards square leg... Billings hares towards it but his despairing dive falls just short and the ball lands safe.

That's the 300 up for Australia. And Lyon pilfers another single down the ground.

04:49 AM

OVER 74: AUS 294/9 (Lyon 22 Boland 10)

Close! A thick edge from Lyon falls just short of Pope at gully - he took it on the bounce.

Lyon flicks Broad out to long leg for a single and then Boland pats back a couple before leaving well alone outside off.

04:42 AM

OVER 73: AUS 293/9 (Lyon 21 Boland 10)

Woakes has six balls at Boland, who averages under 10 in his two Tests so far. The No 11 ducks under a bouncer which is called wide, and then edges with soft hands through the cordon and away for four!

Oh, lovely shot! Woakes looking to clean him up with one that's straight and full but Boland whips it through midwicket for four!

Eleven from the over and that's drinks.

England will be happy enough with the first hour but will want the Aussies all out ASAP.

04:36 AM

OVER 72: AUS 282/9 (Lyon 21 Boland 0)

Broad replaces Wood and nearly removes Lyon - a yorker squeezes under the bat but just misses the stumps which brings a wry smile to the Aussie off-spinner's face.

Lyon shovels the final ball of the away down the leg side for a couple.

04:31 AM

OVER 71: AUS 280/9 (Lyon 19 Boland 0)

A wicket maiden for Woakes who removed the dangerous Carey courtesy of that chop on.

The Australian No 11 Boland gets through the final three balls of the over, but England will fancy their chances of wrapping this up in short order.

Pitching one in Lyon's half might be a start...

04:28 AM

WICKET! Carey b Woakes 24

Woakes angled across the left-hander from over the wicket, and Carey gets a slight inside edge on to his bails.

Impressive stuff from England so far this morning.

FOW 280/9

04:27 AM

OVER 70: AUS 280/8 (Lyon 19 Carey 24)

The short stuff continues from Wood, and Carey is close to being strangled down the leg-side!

Late on the attempted hook and it goes fine down the leg side but just wide of the diving Billings.

Then Lyon comes to the party - crunching back-to-back sixes over midwicket as Wood fails to get enough height on two bumpers!

04:20 AM

OVER 69: AUS 263/8 (Lyon 7 Carey 19)

Woakes replaces Broad, and Carey whips his first delivery into the leg side for a couple before whipping the next off his pads for a single.

Lyon in his defensive shell for the rest of the over and negotiates it unscathed.

England will be desperate to wrap this up as quick as possible given their batting struggles all tour.

04:15 AM

OVER 68: AUS 260/8 (Lyon 7 Carey 16)

That's three wickets for Wood in this innings - and all three from the short ball.

Green was caught in the trap yesterday to end his superb knock, while Starc and Cummins both succumbed hooking today.

Lyon is the new man in - and he's not going to die wondering! A top-edge just clears the rope with two England fielders converging on it.

04:10 AM

WICKET! Cummins c Crawley b Wood 2

Got him! Wood's short-ball tactics have done the trick!

Round the wicket, banged in - and Cummins top-edges it straight to Crawley at long leg! He fell right into the trap there.

FOW 252/8

04:09 AM

OVER 67: AUS 252/7 (Cummins 2 Carey 15)

One each for Cummins and Carey from this Broad over. Slow and steady from the Aussies so far - no sign of the quickfire scoring rate from day one (after the first 10 overs when England bossed it with the ball).

04:05 AM

OVER 66: AUS 250/7 (Cummins 1 Carey 14)

The Australian captain gets off the mark with a flick off his hip behind square, although he wasn't in total control of it.

Then more encouragement for Wood as Carey's thick inside edge pops up - but well wide of the clutches of the man at forward short leg.

Wood around the wicket with some short stuff at Cummins to end the over but he takes evasive action easily enough.

03:59 AM

OVER 65: AUS 248/7 (Cummins 0 Carey 13)

Another patient, probing over from Broad. Carey adds a single to his total courtesy of a wristy pull, while they scamper through for a leg bye at the end of the over too.

It's been a decent start for England so far this morning - runs have been hard to come by and they've made that early breakthrough.

But their bowling stocks are pretty thin with Robinson unable to bowl in this session, so it feels as if Broad and Wood will have to do the heavy lifting. Woakes struggled on day one - and has failed to impress for much of the tour.

03:55 AM

OVER 64: AUS 246/7 (Cummins 0 Carey 12)

Hostile stuff from Wood who unleashes a barrage of short stuff - which did the trick to remove Starc.

The Aussie paceman had looked in fine fettle but was undone with a bit of extra zip off the surface.

Cummins is the new man in, and he wears the final delivery of the over on his forearm, caught in two minds between ducking and swaying - and doing neither.

Wood absolutely pinned him there but the Aussie captain is stony faced as he walks up to meet his partner Carey at the change of ends.

03:51 AM

WICKET! Starc c Burns b Wood 3

Banged in short, and Starc is a bit late on the pull - ballooning a top-edge in the air which is snaffled by the back-pedalling Burns.

FOW 246/7

Rory Burns took a decent catch running backwards - GETTY IMAGES
Rory Burns took a decent catch running backwards - GETTY IMAGES

03:49 AM

OVER 63: AUS 246/6 (Starc 3 Carey 12)

Broad continues over the wicket for the first three balls of the over, with Carey flicking off his pads for a single.

Then the England man opts to go around, but Starc looks like he has all the time in the world and pats back two defensive shots in a row, before punching down the ground to nick the strike.

His batting has looked in decent nick all series and lower order runs have really bolstered the Aussie tally.

03:43 AM

OVER 62: AUS 244/6 (Starc 2 Carey 11)

Decent stuff from Wood, whose speed is up near 90mph straight away.

Starc, who has batted superbly during this series, punches down the ground for a single before Carey flicks off his hips to give his partner back the strike.

03:38 AM

OVER 61: AUS 242/6 (Starc 1 Carey 10)

Perhaps unsurprisingly given Robinson's injury and Woakes' struggles on day one, it's Broad opening up in tandem with Wood.

And it's a tidy enough start, probing away from over the wicket at the two Aussie left-handers, with a Starc single down the ground the only runs scored.

03:35 AM

OVER 60: AUS 241/6 (Starc 0 Carey 10)

Good start from Wood, who is right on the money with a yorker first up which Carey does well to dig out.

Then England have a big appeal for caught behind... given not out on the field and they choose not to review - correctly as it looks like Carey's bat hit his pad as the ball passed through to Billings.

A solid forward defensive stroke ends the over.

03:30 AM

The players are out on the field

Wood to complete three balls of his over which was curtailed due to the rain.

03:25 AM

England a bowler down this morning

Ollie Robinson had a back spasm in the second session of day one and has not recovered sufficiently.

03:23 AM

Fallout from day one

A reminder of what happened on the first day at the Test - with Nick Hoult's report on how Travis Head's swashbuckling century meant England let a promising start slip.

03:12 AM

The wicket that launched a thousand memes

Marcus Labuschagne's bizarre dismissal on day one has been the butt of plenty of jokes on social media.

But at least the man himself found time to see the funny side.

08:11 PM

Good morning

And welcome to our live blog of day two of the fifth and final Ashes Test.

After a promising start yesterday, having reduced Australia to 12-3 early on, England's bowlers let the game slip from their grasp and let Australia off the hook in Hobart.

There have been precious few moments for genuine optimism - with England losing the Ashes in double-quick time - but it might have been, in context, the worst day of them all.

Here's Nick Hoult with what happened on day one in Hobart:

New ground, same old story. England threw away a good start against Australia and the move from the mainland to Tasmania looks like a trip too far for a broken bunch of players.

English hands were on hips and shoulders sagged as Travis Head broke any remaining resolve with a brilliant second century of the series, and Cameron Green showed why he will be an Ashes star for the next decade as Australia reached 241 for six before the lightest of rain persuaded the umpires to come off.

Ollie Robinson bowled beautifully with the new ball but his lack of conditioning became a problem again, as he stiffened up and bowled just one abject over after lunch, barely reaching 70mph, leaving Joe Root a bowler short.

Robinson has skills, and is an intelligent bowler, which makes it worse that his fitness levels, something he can control, are such a problem. If he is to last in Test cricket he has to be more professional and England tougher with their players.

It is hard to imagine Justin Langer, the Australia coach, allowing one of his bowlers, especially one who is only playing his ninth Test, so much rope. Robinson played golf on the players’ day off on Tuesday, when colleagues such as Chris Woakes decided to prepare instead for the Test. It is no surprise he had a bad back three days later, letting Root down. He has gone off in every Test with a niggle.

Still, England are not yet out of this game. But given how the batting has gone this series - their highest total in four Tests so far is 297 - you really feel that England will need to knock over the final four wickets quite quickly.

Play gets under way at 3.30am GMT. Can England salvage something from the day and the Test?

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