Aust 4-138, England set to win Ashes

David Warner was unable to cash in after being dropped twice as Australia slumped to 4-138 at tea on day two of the fourth Ashes Test.

England’s lead remained an intimidating 193 runs at the end of Friday’s second session.

Warner and Chris Rogers shared a 113-run partnership, only for Ben Stokes to remove both openers and Shaun Marsh in the space of 13 balls at Trent Bridge.

Steve Smith then fell victim to an outstanding catch from Stokes at point, capping 21 minutes of madness and a collapse of 4-23.

Discounting the dismissals, it was always likely to be futile resistance.

Australia were set to relinquish the urn from the moment they were skittled for just 60 on day one.

The challenge ahead was even more immense when Alastair Cook declared shortly before lunch on day two, England 9-391 and holding a first-innings lead of 331 runs.

Warner and Rogers at least gave their side some sort of platform to achieve what was widely accepted to be impossible.

However, it wasn’t without plenty of luck.

Stuart Broad, who snared eight wickets to be the first-innings destroyer, worked Warner over in a brilliant over before lunch.

Broad should have dismissed Warner in his third over after the meal break.

Cook moved well and got two hands to the edge, but it somehow popped out when the opener was on 10 and the visitors were 0-32.

Warner was given another reprieve on 42, with the scoreboard showing 0-77 when second slip Ian Bell grassed a low catch in front of Cook.

The trend continued in the 23rd over, when Rogers was recalled after a no-ball.

Joe Root snagged a diving catch at third slip to dismiss the veteran for 47, only for replays to show Mark Wood overstepped.

Root kicked the turf in frustration, but it mattered little as Rogers was on his way the following over.

Root claimed another sharp catch to start the rot, triggering wild celebrations and the latest collapse in Australia’s wretched tour of England.

Warner, having chanced his luck throughout a knock of 64, mistimed a misplaced pull shot.

The Dukes ballooned in the air to Broad at mid-on, Warner clearly furious with himself.

Marsh was out for two, tentatively fishing at a ball he could have left.

Broad struck in the final over of the session, Smith unable to resist his temptation to hammer a wide ball through the covers.

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