Hello everybody and welcome to live over-by-over coverage of the second day of the fourth Ashes Test. We’re underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground at 10am local time (11pm UK).
That’s right, we’re underway half an hour earlier than usual today – although it might feel like an hour earlier, considering how many delayed starts there have been this series for one reason or another.
There wasn’t a whole heap to wax lyrical about yesterday because the many showers floating around Sydney prevented any rhythm to the play. The pitch looks good for batting, but there’s enough assistance for the bowlers if they put the ball in the right areas often enough. David Warner looked in good nick before his nemesis Stuart Broad did what he usually does. James Anderson found some swing but lacked precision. Mark Wood was quick. Marcus Harris consolidated his status at the top of the order after his runs at the MCG.
Here’s how Ali Martin saw things from the SCG press box.
The forecast today is still showery, but there is far less risk of any interruptions to play. The Test should move forward considerably in the extended sessions.