Joe Root’s England struck early blow on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Ashes Take a look at in Melbourne on Monday (December 27). Trace Wood despatched abet world No. 1 Take a look at batsman Marnus Labuschagne for 1, inducing an edge through to Root in 1st hurry to scale again the hosts to 84/3 in acknowledge to England’s 185 in the first session of 2d day.
Ollie Robinson struck the first blow of the day, sending abet nightwatchman Nathan Lyon for 10, caught in the abet of by Buttler. Earlier, England’s cricket team had been cleared to play Day Two of the third Ashes Take a look at after two contributors of crimson meat up workers and two of their kinfolk had been pressured to isolate after making an strive out obvious for COVID-19.
The England team first and major reported finest one obvious take a look at amongst the team’s ‘household community’ but host board Cricket Australia confirmed there had been a rash of cases in the camp. “Cricket Australia has been educated that two contributors of the England cricket team’s crimson meat up workers and two of their kinfolk maintain returned a obvious COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Take a look at,” CA acknowledged in a commentary.
“The affected folks are currently keeping apart. The whole playing community and all other crimson meat up workers maintain undertaken Rapid Antigen Tests this morning and all maintain examined unfavorable.
“The England Cricket team will also maintain PCR assessments this day, and each and each groups will bewitch extra precautions during play. Both playing squads remain unchanged.”
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Play used to be delayed half of an hour to start at 11: 00 am native time (0000 GMT). The England team reported the sole case lawful over an hour sooner than play used to be to start.
Some 20 minutes later, the team acknowledged it had been given the inexperienced gentle to transfer to the Melbourne Cricket Floor. Australia resumed on 61/1 in acknowledge to England’s first innings 185.
Australia lead the collection 2-0 and could maybe per chance maybe also desire the Ashes with a appeal to Melbourne. Cricket Australia acknowledged there used to be no affect on fans or other parts of the MCG but host broadcaster Seven Network confirmed surely one of its workers contributors working on the Ashes at the stadium had examined obvious to COVID-19 slack on Sunday.
Australia captain Pat Cummins used to be pressured to fail to see the 2d Take a look at in Adelaide and isolate for per week after being identified as a shut contact of a COVID-19 case. Australian authorities are battling a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant.
(with Reuters inputs)