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The Ashes 2019 first Test, day two as it happened

Well done to all those who saw it through to the end. Our reporters Chris Barrett and Malcolm Knox will have all the news and views from the post-play press conferences.

Join me tonight from 2000 for the third day. Enjoy your Saturday.

It’s very much advantage England. The hosts are in a commanding position in the first Test after a maiden century to opener Rory Burns.

England reached 4/267 at stumps on the second day, a deficit of just 17, in pursuit of Australia’s first innings total of 284.

It was an unlikely hero for England in Burns, who batted through the whole day to be unbeaten on 125. This has been some knock by the 28-year-old opener, who had made only two half-centuries in 14 innings before today. His average coming into this game was only 22.

This could be a major game changer for England, who have had issues at the top of the order. Since the last Ashes series in Australia in 2017/18, their openers had scored only three tons in 14 games. Burns is now the fourth triple-figure score.

Whereas Steve Smith had little support from the top seven, Burns was aided by a half-century to captain Joe Root and is in the midst of an important partnership with Ben Stokes, which now stands at 73.

James Pattinson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets though I thought Peter Siddle was the most consistent man in Australia’s attack.

With six wickets in hand, England can reasonably aim for a first innings total of 400. That would leave Australia with a very difficult job of winning the game.

Nathan Lyon will bowl it. This has been a very good day for England, the loss of just four wickets. They’re only 18 behind at 4/266.

This would send Twitter into meltdown if it wasn’t 3am in Australia. Former England captain Nasser Hussain is arguing why Mitchell Marsh should come into the XI for Matthew Wade.

If Wade isn’t scoring runs, Hussain said, then it’d make sense to bring in Marsh, who can bowl some useful seamers.

I like Marsh as a player but two days into a Test is premature to be calling for changes, isn’t it? But I do understand the rationale behind it.

This has been the sort of day where Tim Paine would like to have a fourth pace option to call upon.

Just the four overs with the new ball and Tim Paine’s gone back to spinner Nathan Lyon.

The new ball should allow Lyon to utitlise his bounce, which is his weapon.

England are now only 29 behind. They’ll be eyeing a lead well in excess of 100. If they get that it’ll be very difficult to see Australia winning this Test.

It’s not the wisest thing to do to walk down the wicket to Pat Cummins with the new ball, but that’s what Ben Stokes just tried.

It’s a statement of intent if it works, but he came down the pitch only to have his outside edge beaten and have to scramble to make his ground to avoid a stumping.

He follows a few balls later with a sumptuous straight drive for four.

The 250 is up for England! They’re back in control of the game.

See for yourself how bad a call that was to review.

This looks like one out of desperation. Australia have called for a review to an lbw shout on Rory Burns, and they shouldn’t have. We didn’t even get to see if it would hit the stumps because it pitched outside leg.

Australia down to just the one review now, England still have two left.

After giving Nathan Lyon one more over to break through with the old ball, Tim Paine has decided to take the new ball.

Australia will need at least two wickets in the final hour of the day though if I’m England I’d be happy going to stumps six down. 

This is a moment Rory Burns will remember for the rest of his life.

Rory Burns celebrates after scoring his first Test century.

Rory Burns celebrates after scoring his first Test century.Credit:AP

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