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Cricket-England suffers after Stokes doesn’t have the ball to save Warner

FILE PHOTO: Ashes 2019 - Fifth Test - UK and Australia
FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test – UK and Australia – Kia Oval, London, UK – September 15, 2019 Ben Stokes of Britain in the final part of a series of presentations in Action Images via Reuters/ Andrew Boyers

December 9, 2021

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Marnus Labuschagne has scored for half a century and a free-kick from Ben Stokes let David Warner slip out of the net as England claimed a tiny reward in the blazing sun early on Monday’s post. check out the opening Ashes in Brisbane on Thursday.

Australia were 113 to one at lunch, just 34 games short of England’s gentle first inning of 147, with Labuschagne 53 not out and Warner on 48 at Gabba.

Adding to England’s dire situation, Stokes moved cautiously around the pitch late in the session, seemingly troubled with a left knee problem.

Stokes, playing his first game since The Hundred in July, bowled Warner for 17 but the match was canceled by a no-ball assessment that showed the all-around athlete had exceeded the mark.

It was a repeat of the off-ball that led Stokes to deny his first test racket at the 2013/14 Ashes, when he overstepped to leave Brad Haddin caught behind in the second match at the Adelaide Oval .

“Of course it’s frustrating,” Root said on the field during halftime.

“But the fact that we are creating chances… in that session was really fun. I think we have to be confident, continue to believe in what we’re doing. “

Stokes’ zero-ball was his fourth in a row, with Channel Seven broadcaster replaying him surpassing the feat on every ball.

However, the third umpire simply calls the ball no on the serve.

Root did not exaggerate when he said that England created many chances.

The attack, with the exception of steady pacers like James Anderson and Stuart Broad, consistently beat the bat and made it difficult to land borders in the absence of a performer.

Only Ollie Robinson was rewarded as he let Marcus Harris get through three in the sixth inning, who opened the scoring with a meek push into a bloated ball and slotted Dawid Malan in a slip.

Had Stokes not gone too far, England could have met Australia at the age of 31 for two.

Instead, Warner lingered to punish the tourists with impressive Labuschagne, who also enjoyed a great luck at 10, knocking Chris Woakes inches above Root’s hand on the first miss.

Things deteriorated rapidly for the UK towards the end of the session.

Spinner Jack Leach was introduced and Warner blew up two balloons above his head in a closing match.

Labuschagne cut Woakes into the fence to deliver the 11th 50th test of his 19th test.

Root, while drinking, also gave a bleak assessment of wicket from the British point of view.

“It was dry,” he said. “It stiffens up a bit. There are a few dents to work with with our seamstresses.

“So we just have to trust the areas we’ve approached so far and step back to seize the opportunities as they come.”

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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