ENGLAND have been pissed off by the mixed power of David Warner and Steve Smith as they try and rescue one thing from the Ashes catastrophe.
Warner made a blinding century and Smith completed day one of many Fourth Check with 65 not out.
Though England managed to take solely three wickets in the course of the day, they at the least managed to manage Australia’s scoring price within the closing two classes.
The truth is, the Aussies managed simply 43 runs in 26 overs between lunch and tea.
Warner reached his first century of the collection in dramatic circumstances. On 99, he lobbed a catch off England debutant Tom Curran straight to Stuart Broad at mid-on.
However it was a no-ball and England’s pleasure immediately turned to exasperation. Warner went to a few figures off the very subsequent ball.
The pugnacious left-hander was ultimately caught behind off James Anderson for 103 so the over-stepping by Curran was not particularly pricey.
Curran joins Ben Stokes and Mark Wooden lately as England bowlers who’ve been denied a primary Check wicket by a no-ball.
Moeen Ali, who was hit on the left hand within the nets on Christmas Day, handed a health take a look at which left Curran as England’s solely debutant.
Former England captain Bob Willis offered Curran along with his cap earlier than begin of play.
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While Warner blazed away, fellow opener Cameron Bancroft struggled against the short ball and looked generally low on fluency. He was eventually lbw to Chris Woakes for 26 – but the total was already 122 by that stage which shows just how much Warner dominated.
The Warner no-ball escape came soon afterwards and then he was dismissed for 103.
Usman Khawaja again failed to make an impact and his 17 runs took 65 balls before he nicked off to Broad. It was Broad’s first wicket for 69 overs.
Next ball, Broad had a ferocious lbw appeal against Shuan Marsh turned down. England reviewed – and it came up as umpire’s call on height. So not out.
There was another strong appeal for leg before next delivery but this time England chose not to review.
If England had taken a wicket then, they might have grabbed a hold on the match.
But Marsh managed to stay with the relentless Smith, who has not been dismissed in a Test match in Melbourne for three years.