Ashes 2nd Test Day 2 | Australia declare at 473/9

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Adelaide, Dec 17: Australia removed England openers Rory Burns and HaseebHameed to leave the tourists at 17/2 in 8.4 overs, trailing by 456 runs at stumps on day two of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.

After Australia, on the back of counter-attack from the lower-order, declared at 473/9 in the first innings, Mitchell Starc and Michael Neser took out Burns and Hameed before a large lightning strike outside the venue forced early stumps to be called on a day thoroughly dominated by Australia.

In the final session, debutant Neser and Starc inflicted more misery on England with stunning late cameos. Neser and Starc shared a rollicking 58-run stand off just 51 balls as the hosts’ lower-order, along with Jhye Richardson, added 89 runs in only 10 overs before captain Steve Smith declared the innings.