Harris injured to end Day 1 at the MCG
Embattled Australian Opener Marcus Harris was struck on the finger by a Ben Stokes short ball to finish the day.
Harris had played well to make his way to 16 off 46 deliveries before he was stuck.
Commentators speculated whether the injury was genuine, or Harris was playing for time so didn’t have to face as many balls before stumps.
But the blood coming for his finger suggested the batter was hurt. He resumed batting to face final five balls of the Stokes over.
At stumps Australia is 1-61, 124 runs behind England’s first-innings total. Harris and Nathan Lyon will resume tomorrow for Day 2.
Australia won the Toss and decided to bowl.
For the 2nd Test England were all bowled out on Day One. England could only make 185.
England’s Joe Root was the highest batter in England’s 1st inning reaching 50 before being removed by being caught behind by Alex Carey off a bowl by Mitchell Starc.
England’s Opening batsman Haseeb Hameed getting out for a duck off a bowl from Cummins, caught behind landing safely in the gloves of Alex Carey. That was the first wicket out the three wickets returning Aussie Captain Pat Cummins after missing the 2nd Ashes Test in Adelaide due to a Covid scare. Cummins in the first innings is equal on 3 wickets with fellow baller Nathan Lyon.
With the Ashes being possibly decided on the result of this Test. England have not done their chances any good.
England 10/165 after 65.1 overs.
Australia’s opening batsmen came out in the closing stages of Day 1 losing the wicket of David Warner being caught by Crawley after making 38 off a ball from Anderson. Australia ended Day One 1/68.
Night Watchman Nathan Lyon came out to the middle to support Marcus Harris. Harris finished with 20 off 51 balls.
Harris & Lyon end Day One 124 runs behind England’s first Innings Total.
Australia 1/61 at the end of Day One.