Australia take complete control in Adelaide


Australia are in complete control of the second Ashes Test against England after a dominant first session on day three at Adelaide Oval on Monday.

The tourists, already 1-0 down in the series, lost four wickets in the opening session to fall to 128-5 in their first innings, still trailing by 314.

Resuming at 29-1, England desperately needed a big session, but instead saw James Vince (2), Joe Root (9), Alastair Cook (37) and Dawid Malan (19) depart.

Vince fell off the ninth ball of the day, pushing at a Josh Hazlewood (1-31) delivery outside off stump and edging through to Tim Paine.

The big wicket of Root followed for Australia as the England captain edged Pat Cummins (2-35) to Cameron Bancroft at third slip.

Malan looked troubled and was given out lbw to Mitchell Starc (1-23), but the left-handed batsman reviewed and replays showed the delivery was going over the stumps.

Malan also almost ran himself out, but instead it was Cook who departed for the tourists.

The left-handed opener poked at a Nathan Lyon (1-35) delivery outside off, giving Steve Smith a simple catch at slip.

Malan survived a short-ball barrage from Starc and Moeen Ali edged a Lyon ball that ended up bouncing off Paine.

However, Malan's scratchy innings ended on 19, inside-edging Cummins behind to Paine, before Jonny Bairstow (17 not out) joined Moeen (unbeaten 22) to see out a session that belonged to Australia.