It was an eventful Day 2 at The Gabba with a total of 10 wickets falling, much to the delight of the crowd!
England who resumed Day 2 at 196/4 were at at one stage 246/4 with a brilliant 83-run partnership between Malan and Moeen. However, they have lost their next 6 wickets adding just 56 more runs and are bundled out for 302 runs!
Australia too have fumbled at the start by losing their debutant Bancroft in just the 4th over. England bowlers then struck regularly to peg back Australia to 76/4. Then Australian captain Steven Smith combined with Shaun Marsh to take Australia to 165/4 at Stumps on Day 2.
I have collected some of the stats from the Second Day’s play of The Gabba Test.
56 – Dawid Malan registered his half-century in his first Ashes Test innings. Mark Stoneman (53) and James Vince (83) too registered fifty-plus scores on Day 1 in their maiden Ashes Test innings.
151 – Mitchell Starc joined the 150+ wicket club in Tests with the wickets of Alastair Cook (149th), Dawid Malan (150th) and Jake Ball (151st). Starc’s milestone wickets in Tests are Brendon McCullum (1st), Suresh Raina (50th), Kusal Mendis (100th) and Dawid Malan (150th).
68 – James Anderson was unbeaten on 5* in the first innings of The Gabba Test. This is the 68th time he remained unbeaten in a Test, most for any player. Courtney Walsh was remained unbeaten in 61 Test innings (second most for any player)
3/85 – Pat Cummins has picked up 3 wickets in his first Test innings on Australian soil. This is his 6th Test match for Australia. He played a Test in South Africa (in 2011) and 4 Tests in India (in 2017). Three wickets in his first outing is not a bad home coming!
14 – Peter Handscomb departed for 14 in the 1st innings of the Gabba Test. This is the first time he is dismissed without scoring a fifty on Australian soil. His scores in Australia before today: 54, 1*, 105, 35*, 54, 110, 40*
64* – Steve Smith is batting on 64* at Stumps on Day 2. This is his sixth fifty-plus score in Tests in 2017, most for an Australian player. Warner who scored five fifty-plus scores is second in this list.
Click here to check the stats on Day 1 of The Gabba Test.