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Ashes 2017/18: 3rd Test, day 5, 5 things we learnt from the day

rohit sankar
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656   //    18 Dec 2017, 14:41 IST

Australia v England - Second Test: Day 4
Australia were in stupendous form right through the Test

A sensational Day 5 saw England lose by an innings and 41 runs after rain stayed away for enough time to allow Australia to run through the England tail. Josh Hazlewood sent Johnny Bairstow back early on day 5 after the rain break and although Dawid Malan resisted, the hosts manage to take wickets at the other end.

Moeen Ali was undone by Nathan Lyon yet again, and the tail did not offer too much of resistance as the Ashes slipped out of England's grasp quickly. The 301-run stand between Mitchell Marsh and Steven Smith proved to be pivotal as England suffered an innings loss even after posting 400+ on the board.

#5 Rain cannot save England

Australia v England - Third Test: Day 5
The pitch had to be dried using air blowers after overnight rain

The only thing that could save England from being thumped to a third Ashes loss in the series was rain. It had poured down all night and the forecast for the day showed 90% rain at one point of time. The WACA wicket had gotten a bit soft from all the rains and to dry out wet patches, air blowers were used by the groundsmen.

It was an Ashes lifeline for England but they failed to grab it with both hands despite the very few overs that were possible in the day.

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