aAnd welcome to our live blog for the second day of the fifth and final Ashes Test.
After a promising start yesterday, having reduced Australia to 12-3 early on, the English bowlers let the match slip through their grasp and let Australia slip off the hook in Hobart.
There were precious few moments of genuine optimism – with England losing the Ashes in fast double time – but it was, in context, perhaps the worst day ever.
here Nick Holt With what happened on the first day in Hobart:
New ground, same old story. England pulled off a good start against Australia, and the move from mainland to Tasmania feels like a very long journey for a wrecked group of players.
English hands on hips and shoulders drooped as Travis Head broke any remaining resolve with the illustrious second century of the series, and Cameron Greene showed why he was an Ashes star for the next decade as Australia reached 241 for six before lighter rain persuaded the judges to leave.
Ole Robinson threw beautifully with the new ball but his lack of conditioning became an issue again, as he stiffened and threw one hard after lunch, barely hitting 70 mph, leaving Joe Root short.
Robinson has the skills, he’s a smart throwing player, which makes it worse that his fitness levels, something he can control, is a huge problem. If he’s going to stay in Test cricket, he should be more professional and England stricter with their players.
It’s hard to imagine Australia coach Justin Langer letting a bowler, especially one playing only his ninth Test, have so much rope. Robinson played golf on the players’ day off on Tuesday, when teammates like Chris Wooks decided to prepare for the test instead. Not surprisingly, he had a bad back after three days, letting Root down. I have gone on every shake test.
However, England is not yet out of this game. But looking at how the batting has gone in this series – their highest total in four Tests so far is 297 – you really get the feeling that England will need to beat the last four very quickly.
Play starts at 3.30am GMT. Can England save it? Something From today and the test?