England’s Ashes hopes hanging by a thread

Monday, 04 December 2017, 09:37:34 AM. ENGLAND’S Ashes hopes are on tenterhooks and could well come down to the performance of their batsmen on day three of the second Test in Adelaide.

After the visiting bowlers made little impact as Australia declared their first innings closed at 8-442 with Shaun Marsh’s brilliant century the highlight, it’s down to Alastair Cook, Joe Root and co to keep England’s chances alive.

Of course that’s easier said than done against Australia’s rampant pace attack with Mitchell Starc nabbing the wicket of Mark Stoneman before rain drenched the Adelaide Oval late on day two.

England resume at 1-29 with the veteran Cook and James Vince, who impressed with the bat in Brisbane, at the crease.

Tensions have simmered between the feisty rivals with umpire Aleem Dar at one stage stepping between England paceman James Anderson and Australia skipper Steve Smith, who were insulting each other at close quarters.

England’s Stuart Broad was also highly animated in his send-off of batsman Peter Handscomb after he dismissed him leg before wicket during Sunday’s second day of the day-night Adelaide Test.

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