GiveMeSport – Seamer Jake Ball believes early wickets will be the key to swing the momentum in England’s favour on day three after Steve Smith’s unbeaten half-century rescued the hosts at the Gabba.

Summary

  • Seamer Jake Ball believes early wickets will be the key to swing the momentum in England’s favour on day three after Steve Smith’s unbeaten half-century rescued the hosts at the Gabba.
  • England piled the pressure on with four early wickets but an unbeaten 64 by Australia captain Smith and a patient 44 not out from Shaun Marsh provided some resistance as the Baggy Greens finished the second day on 165 for four.
  • Ball, who dismissed David Warner for his first Ashes wicket, told BT Sport: “The wicket isn’t too bowler-friendly so you have to stick in there and wait for the mistake.
  • He said: “I guess we had to sort of adapt to the wicket – it’s not a general Gabba wicket that we see, it usually gets a bit harder on day two but it’s like a normal day one wicket.
  • “But we had to find a way to generate a few wickets and I think six for about 115 is a great way to finish with the ball and then a great partnership between Steve and Shaun is a great way to finish too.


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