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England finish the day a sloppy start after impressing Australia for 303

England finish the day a sloppy start after impressing Australia for 303

On Sunday, Rory Burns was run out for a duck as England made a stumbling start to their first innings, batting Australia out for 303 on the second day of the day-night fifth Ashes test in Hobart.

Zak Crawley, his fellow opener, had sat in the dressing room for 18 minutes before the first half, leaving Dawid Malan, who had made nine not out, and skipper Joe Root, who was unbeaten on three, to resume for the second session.

After a battling draw in Sydney ended a series of three calamities, England were aiming for more refinement.

Mitchell Starc was caught off a top edge early in the day with only five runs added to Australia's overnight record of 241-6.

The depth of Australia's batting was once again in jeopardy, but the tail hampered the home side over the 300-run mark before the tourists could win.

England's response landed a calamity when, with two runs on the board, recalled opener Burns was called for a single by Crawley only for a direct shot from Marnus Labuschagne to catch him just short of his ground.

Pat Cummins, the Australian skipper, rescued Crawley after the batsman made a nick onto his pads, and the ball flew into the air for close fielder Travis Head to take at the second attempt.

Cummins had earlier scored two runs before giving Wood (3-115) his third victim of the innings, while Alex Carey delivered a brilliant 24 before being bowled by Chris Woakes.

Stuart Broad bowled Nathan Lyon for the first time in 3-59 innings, but not before he had made 31 runs.

Two of them sprang off Wood on consecutive balls, the first flying high over a deep square leg and out of the ground.

Ollie Robinson is still recovering from a back injury that forced him from the field on Friday.

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