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England defeats late, but Australia defeats Hobart

England defeats late, but Australia defeats Hobart

Following an eminent second day of the Ashes test, England's bowlers returned Australia with three wickets under the Hobart lights.

The 8,711 spectators in Bellerive Oval have dropped 17 wickets over the day as Australia lost ground for 303 in the opening session and England's first innings closed on 188 under the weather forecast.

As the visiting bowlers shook their head, there was still room for England to remove David Warner for a pair, Marnus Labuschagne for five and Usman Khawaja for 11 inches.

Stuart Broad was denied the job for the 14th time in his test career, thereby becoming England's most respected bowler in the Ashes games.

Steve Smith, who had scored 17 not out, and nightwatchman Scott Boland, unbeaten on three, will resume on Sunday hoping to build on Australia's lead and put the hosts on course to finish the series 4-0.

"It was a real pleasure to have them out for 180 odd," said Australia's captain Pat Cummins.

"If you get caught with a new ball, there are the kinds of night session you've got to be careful of," she said. "I think it was a really good effort to be just really three down in really tough conditions."

As England's batting improved, the Cummins had taken advantage of their 4-45 victory over Australia.

Rory Burns finished the match with only two runs on the board, but none of the English batsmen was looking forward to finishing the second century.

Dawid Malan (25) and his captain Joe Root (34) formed a 49-run partnership that seemed like bringing some solidity to the England innings, but Cummins dismissed both in short order.

Chris Woakes was dropped twice in his 36 innings, and Sam Billings was a solid 29 in his first test innings before he was caught on the boundary by Boland.

As England dominated the game, Australia's Nathan Lyon didn't get to score a single ball, but he grabbed a shot at the point to defeat Ben Stokes for four.

Lyon accounted for both 31 runs, including three sixes, as Australia's tailenders added 62 runs for the loss of the last four wickets in the opening session.

England's effort was not helped early on by being a bowler short, but Ollie Robinson was still suffering from a back spasm that forced him off the field on Friday. The seamer did not return to bowl in the evening session.

"It's a massive meeting tomorrow," said Billings. "Obviously they're in front of the game, but we've got an opportunity to really make inroads in the morning."

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