Smith and Carey rebuilding Australian innings after top order collapse
Birmingham: Former captain Steven Smith and wicketkeeper Alex Carey are rebuilding the Australian innings after their top order collapsed against hosts England at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Thursday.
Aaron Finch was the first to return to the pavilion golden duck with Jofra Archer getting the Australian captain leg before wicket (lbw) in his first delivery. Finch challenged the decision only to lose the review.
In the third over, David Warner edged the ball to Johny Bairstow in a Chris Woakes delivery. Four overs later, Peter Handscomb who came in for Usman Khawaja dragged the ball onto the stumps trying to drive Woakes through the cover region.
English pacers were keeping a good line and length making the Australian batsmen sweat it out for each run on the board.
The match turned bloody as Archer’s bouncer hit Carey on the helmet. The impact knocked the helmet off and Carey received a nasty cut on his right chin. The English players quickly surrounded Carey to check if he was alright.
Carey received treatment and continued playing with a bandaged chin. Later, he was strapped up across the head as blood kept seeping through the bandages on his chin. Earlier, Australia had won the toss and opted to bat first.