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Australia vs England fourth Test Day 2 live scores, updates, blog, scorecards, Australian batting issues, latest

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will look to add some extra runs for Australia early on day two of the fourth Ashes Test.

The visitors will resume play at 8/299 with Starc on 23* and Cummins on 1*, with England’s bowling attack hoping to knock over the rest of Australia’s tail in quick succession.

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One English bowler hoping to snare one of the final two wickets required is Chris Woakes, who is just one dismissal away from a five-wicket haul.

Woakes has already claimed the wickets of David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green and Alex Carey.

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Perhaps those four and several others in the Australian line-up could have made bigger scores on a wicket deemed favourable for batters.

The Telegraph’s chief cricket writer Scyld Berry even went as far as describing it as “most un-Australian.”

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“It was a far cry from Ricky Ponting batting all day here in 2005, or Steve Waugh defying a damp pitch in 1997 with twin centuries, or Rod Marsh throwing the bat defiantly as Australia went down in 1972,” Berry wrote.

“Lateral movement, even when the ball ages, is an innate characteristic of cricket in England, which Australian batsmen never see when growing up on flat pitches against Kookaburra balls, but still: these Australian cricketers are not so pugnacious as they used to be, except for Mitchell Marsh of the booming drives and hooks off the front foot.”

However, Berry expects the Aussies to offer plenty more with the ball in hand.

“Australia’s fast bowling on day two might not be so quiet and reticent,” Berry wrote.

“They have put all their eggs in the pace basket, and on the evidence of day one they would have an attack more suited to these conditions if they had picked a spinner instead of a second pace-bowling all-rounder.”

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