Australia pile on lead after dominant day three in Adelaide


England’s Ashes hopes are in a sorry mess after another dismal batting collapse on day three of the second Test against Australia in Adelaide.

Responding to their hosts’ 473-9 declared, England fell from 150-2 to 236 all out as a dispiriting tour slumped further.

Joe Root and Dawid Malan batted throughout the first session but Root’s dismissal, caught at slip off Cameron Green for 62, sparked the loss of four wickets for 19 runs in 36 balls.

Malan was also caught at slip for 80 before Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler followed for five and nought respectively in a familiar procession.

Ben Stokes hung around for 98 balls for 34 runs and Chris Woakes made a spritely 24, the only hint of resistance as Mitchell Starc took 4-37 and Nathan Lyon 3-58.

Australia, 1-0 up in the series after the first Test, could have enforced the follow-on in the final session but instead opted to bat again.

David Warner was run out for 13 as the hosts reached 45-1, already leading by 282 and in complete control of the Test. (BBC Sport)

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