England batter Dawid Malan has bemoaned the frequency with which the team collapses when batting in Test matches, after the second Ashes Test continued to slip away in Adelaide.
After the home side declared on 473-9, England went from 150-2 to 236 all out on day three. Malan and Root had batted excellently through the first session but the captain was caught for 62.
Root’s dismissal triggered a four-wicket loss for just 19 runs in 36 balls with Malan caught at slip for 80 while Ollie Pope and Joe Buttler followed soon after.
After the day's play concluded, Malan said England need to stop losing wickets all at once and focus on getting partnerships going.
“It is a little bit of a trend, it is something we did on the last tour as well and we did this in the last Test here as well,” Malan told BT Sport. “We get a little bit of momentum and a partnership going and when the Aussies get one wicket they take two or three in clusters and we can go from 150-2 to 180-6 and we are chasing it again.
“We need to get better when we lose that one wicket to make sure we get another partnership going as quickly as possible.
“After we lost those two wickets last night we needed to get a partnership going which myself an Rooty got, we got ourselves into a half-decent position and once again when the Aussies got that door open they just jumped straight through it.
“It is disappointing, frustrating that we have got ourselves back into the fight but we lost too many wickets in clusters there.
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“We got that one wicket tonight so hopefully we can have a crazy hour or two somewhere. We have to take wickets and to try and put them under as much pressure as we can and then bat for a very long period.”
Australia – who lead the series 1-0 after winning the first Test – opted to bat again rather than enforce a follow-on. David Warner was run out for 13 but Australia stormed to 45-1, and will go into day four leading by 282 runs.
England collapsed in such spectacular fashion that it will now take a mammoth effort or luck with the weather to prevent themselves from falling 2-0 behind in the series. The last and only time a team came from 2-0 down to win the urn was Australia back in 1936-37.
The performance was made especially bad by the fine conditions and the fact that Australia were without captain Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
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