Australia in Ashes control despite England’s spirited late bowling burst

Australia 442-8dec and 53-4; England 227 all out
• Australia lose early wickets but lead by 268 runs at end of day three

By dinner time on Monday the match was won for Australia; by supper time, a mythical feast in these parts since the cricket just keeps on giving, there was just a glimmer of hope on what had, until then, been another grim day for England. Australia possessed a mammoth first innings lead of 215. As darkness began to fall they had the perfect opportunity to bowl again just when the demons come out here.

Instead they followed the modern wisdom of never enforcing the follow on despite the chameleon nature of the new Adelaide Oval. The ball darted around in the darkness as promised when England could have been batting a second time. Presumably an ologist of some sort had counselled against that follow-on.

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