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England must buck trend of losing quick wickets in Tests, Dawid Malan admits

  • Ashes hopes diminished after batting collapse in second Test
  • ‘Frustrating’ that side ‘lost too many wickets in clusters’

A frustrated Dawid Malan knows England have to stop what is becoming a “trend” of losing wickets in rapid succession after another batting collapse on day three of the second Ashes Test.

Australia made sure the tourists’ hope of reclaiming the urn is fading fast by skittling Joe Root’s side for 236, before moving to 45 for one at stumps, a tidy lead of 282. That was after the day had begun well as Malan (80) and his captain Root (62) led a revival to 150 for two before Australia hit back after lunch. England contrived to lose eight wickets for just 86 runs, just like in in Brisbane and Malan was adamant these decimations of their attack cannot go on.

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