Here is the review of the day’s play in the Australia vs England, Match Review, Day 2:
The second day’s play was all about the former captain Alastair Cook. It’s the kind of day England needed in the first couple of weeks if they wanted to maintain their grip over the urn. That didn’t come but finally, after days of despair, England have won a day’s play for the first time in this series. A brilliant unbeaten century from Cook was the highlight of the day as the seasoned opener got back to form with a near flawless innings. Barring the dropped catch by Smith which came late in his innings, he hardly put a foot wrong throughout. What was refreshing to see what his intent, shot selection and also the footwork – all in sync. Skipper Root gave him good company as the pair put on an unbroken century stand to keep the visitors in good stead.
The day didn’t start well for England though, as the Aussies began nicely in the first 20-odd minutes with both Smith and Shaun Marsh looking comfortable. However, once the Aussie skipper perished, the rest capitulated with the Australians losing their last seven wickets for just 67 runs. Broad and Anderson were excellent in the morning session and ensured this time that the Australian tail didn’t wag. In reply, England did lose Stoneman and Vince, looking slightly shaky before the Cook-Root partnership came to the picture. Still a fair bit to go in this game and considering this pitch, things can change quickly.
England are surprisingly in the ascension after a dominant day two. Led by maligned veteran Stuart Broad, England routed Australia after the early dismissal of the seemingly impregnable Steve Smith. Then under pressure Alastair Cook took heed of Broad by similarly turning back the clock with a superb innings when England batted.Cook and Root, England’s most accomplished batsmen, have built a formidable partnership and could propel England into a dominant position on day three and help them avoid a series whitewash. It was an uncharacteristically poor day for Australia, who will be keen to bounce back to their best on day three.
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