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David Warner falls short of Ashes hundred as England mount late fightback

Ollie Robinson denied David Warner an Ashes hundred, getting the Australian opener caught at cover for 96

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Australia opener David Warner fell just six runs short of an Ashes hundred as he chipped an Ollie Robinson delivery to Ben Stokes at cover.

Warner had lived a charmed life on his way to 96, getting bowled by a Stokes no ball on 17, getting dropped by Rory Burns on 48 and surviving a bizarre run-out chance on 60.

However, he had battled hard and looked set to reach three figures.

Robinson, who had bowled well all day, ultimately brought Warner’s innings to an end as England mounted a late fightback on day two of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

After getting bowled out for just 147 in their first innings, England picked up the early wicket of Marcus Harris for just three.

Although their seamers bowled well throughout the day, Warner and Marnus Labuschagne put on a mammoth 156-run partnership to take Australia into the lead.

Labuschagne eventually perished for 74, tamely getting caught at point off Jack Leach.

Labuschagne’s dismissal sparked a fightback from England, with Mark Wood getting the key wicket of Steve Smith for 12.

Robinson then dismissed Warner for 94, before bowling Cameron Green for a first-ball duck the very next ball.

Speaking on BBC Test Match Special, former England spinner Phil Tufnell said of Warner’s dismissal: “Well played, David Warner. Hard work.

Ollie Robinson denied David Warner an Ashes hundred, getting the Australian opener caught at cover for 96
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“It did stick in the pitch, it wasn’t the slower ball. You could hear him going “oh no”. Well bowled Ollie Robinson, he’s deserved that. This is a big session for England.

“England have stuck to their task and Australia haven’t got out away. With a couple of wickets all of a sudden they are not quite out of sight.

“England have just managed to wrestle themselves back into it. The next 10 overs are crucial and if they can get another couple of wickets they are right back in the game.”


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