Ashes 2019: England v Australia, fifth Test day two – live!

Updates from the second day of play at the OvalButtler admits fatigue confusion after waking from lullAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft

9.57am BST

Apologies, I’ve logged on in a bit of a grumpy mood (any suggestions for shaking it, gratefully accepted) but it means I can’t overlook that yesterday - a fine and dry day of Test cricket - featured just 82 overs. And that includes an extra half-hour after the scheduled close. Come on ICC, come on international captains, get a grip!

9.48am BST

Don’t take my word on the state of play at the start of day two, take Vic Marks’s.

Two contrasting half-centuries kept England afloat – just about – on an another engaging day of Test cricket. Joe Root dutifully grafted away without inspiration in the first half of the day, while Jos Buttler for the first time in the series unfurled some of his one-day magic in the final session. The upshot was that England finished the day on 271 for eight; Australia will not be too disappointed by that; England might be relieved given that they had sunk to 226 for eight before Buttler and Jack Leach combined under the floodlights.

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