Questions have been requested over the well being of Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood after he was not used in any respect within the remaining session of Day three as England launched a spirited comeback.
The tourists finished the day on 2-220 after a mammoth partnership between skipper Joe Root and Dawid Malan took the life out of Australia’s bowling assault, with the house facet’s lead down to simply 58 runs at stumps.
Australian captain Pat Cummins introduced himself and Hazlewood on instantly when Root first strode to the wicket with England trailing by 217 runs, hoping Hazlewood may dismiss the England star as he did within the first innings.
AS IT HAPPENED: Root and Malan drag England back into first Test
Nonetheless, after an preliminary spell at Root, Hazlewood wouldn’t be seen for the rest of the day as Root and Malan regularly ate into Australia’s 278-run lead after the 2 groups’ first innings.
Hazlewood ended Day three having bowled simply eight overs in England’s second innings, just one greater than all-rounder Cameron Inexperienced, whereas Cummins and Mitchell Starc bowled 14 overs every.
Regardless of by no means approaching the bowling crease within the remaining session, Hazlewood remained within the discipline for Australia all through the post-tea session.
As Root and Malan’s 159-run partnership continued to construct, Hazlewood’s absence turned increasingly more curious.
Whereas it stays unclear whether or not Hazlewood is injured or not, his absence could be a serious blow given he has dismissed Root greater than another bowler in Check cricket, having carried out so on eight events.
England’s fightback additionally bore an eerie resemblance to the Ashes opener in 2010 the place the vacationers overcame a monster first-innings deficit to salvage a draw earlier than profitable the sequence.
On that event, Alastair Prepare dinner, Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott all reached triple figures as England piled on a exceptional 1-517 after starting its second innings 221 runs behind Australia.
Root will resume Day three on 86 not out in quest of his first century on Australian soil, whereas Malan will be a part of him on 80 not out, hoping to attain his second Ashes century in Australia after his 140 in Perth throughout the 2017-18 sequence.