Pat Cummins celebrates dismissing Joe Root (L) on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test match in Hobart on Saturday. AFP
Gulf Today ReportAustralia will take a lead of 115 into their second innings after they bowled England out for 188 in the final session on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test at Hobart on Saturday.
England earlier dismissed Australia for 303 midway through the first session.
Mitchell Starc bats against England during their AshesTest match in Hobart. AP
But they were unable to make an impression with the bat —their top scorer was number eight Chris Woakes with 36. Skipper Pat Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 4-45.
Earlier, resuming the day at 241/6, Australia added 62 more in the morning session, getting bowled out for 303 in their first innings. Nathan Lyon played a useful cameo of 31 runs, allowing Australia's final four wickets to add 62 runs.
Meanwhile, England’s top-order batting woes continued in the Ashes after Australia's tailenders led them to 303 all out in its first innings in the fifth day-night test on Saturday.
England batsman Rory Burns walks off after being run-out by Australia in Hobart on Saturday. AFP
Rory Burns, recalled for the final test, was run-out for a duck while going for a needless run and Travis Head took a sharp catch from Zak Crawley at forward short leg as England reached 34-2 at the dinner break on the second day.
England, which has already lost the Ashes after losing the first three test matches and drawing at Sydney, still trails by 269 runs with Dawid Malan batting on 9 and captain Joe Root not out on 3.
Mark Wood is bowled by Pat Cummins. AFP
Brief scores: Australia 303 (Travis Head 101, Cameron Green 74; Stuart Broad 3/59, Mark Wood 3/155) vs England 188 (Chris Woakes 36, Joe Root 34; Pat Cummins 4/54, Mitchell Starc 3/53) lead by 115 runs.
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