TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Steve Smith resumed his love affair with England’s bowlers after Brisbane failure… but Chris Woakes’ bowling record away from England took another battering
- Steve Smith fell for just 12 at the Gabba but bounced back at the Adelaide Oval
- Australian took his tally in 50 Ashes innings to 2,905 runs at an average of 64
- Rory Burns has scored eight single-figure scores from 18 Test innings in 2021
Australia are in total control of the second Ashes Test after piling on the runs before taking two England wickets late on day two.
Marnus Labuschagne hit his sixth Test hundred though Steve Smith fell seven runs short of his century, as England toiled away in the midfield for the majority of the day.
Here, Sportsmail‘s LAWRENCE BOOTH delivers the best statistics from day two at the Adelaide Oval.
Australia are in total control of the second Ashes Test after piling on the runs on day two
Steve Smith resumed his love affair with England’s bowlers after falling for just 12 in the first Test at Brisbane. By making 93, he took his tally in 50 Ashes innings to 2,905 runs at an average of 64, with 11 hundreds and 10 fifties.
He has now fallen seven times to Jimmy Anderson. Among England bowlers, only Stuart Broad, with eight dismissals, has removed Smith more often in Test cricket.
But three of Anderson’s seven came in 2010-11, when Smith was picked as a leg-spinning all-rounder and batted as low as No 7.
This was also only the second time Anderson had trapped him lbw, after Perth four years ago, when Smith made the small matter of 239.
Australia’s Steve Smith took his tally in 50 Ashes innings to 2,905 runs at an average of 64
Rory Burns has now been dismissed in single figures eight times in 18 Test innings in 2021 — and has not faced more than five deliveries in seven of them.
Chris Woakes’s figures of 23.4-6-103-1 widened the gap between his home and away Test records.
In England, he has taken 94 wickets at the outstanding average of 22. Abroad, his numbers now read 28 wickets at 52.
Chris Woakes’s bowling figures widened the gap between his home and away Test records
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