5 Ashes talking points as England take quick wickets after another collapse

England 's frail batting line-up once again let them down in the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart as they collapsed to 188 all out in their first innings.

It marked the fifth time they have failed to pass 200 in the series and saw them concede a big 115 run first-innings lead to their hosts, who look well-placed to go 4-0 up in the series despite losing early wickets in their second innings.

With Australia recovering from 12-3 to end day one on 241-6, England desperately needed to take the remaining four wickets quickly on day two.

Ollie Robinson, who only bowled eight overs after suffering a back spasm, was unable to bowl at all in the first session, leaving England with only three frontline bowlers.

Mark Wood was able to pick up two important early wickets with some short-pitched bowling, getting Mitchell Starc caught on the boundary for three and Pat Cummins caught at deep square leg for two.

Alex Carey, the last recognised Australia batter, only added 14 to his overnight score before dragging onto his stumps off Woakes.

Nathan Lyon managed to strike Wood for three sixes as he added a useful 31, before Stuart Broad picked up the final wicket.

Lyon added 23 in partnership with Scott Boland, before getting bowled by Broad as Australia were all out for 303.

Rory Burns, recalled to the side to replace the woefully out-of-form Haseeb Hameed, safely navigated Starc's opening over, avoiding a repeat of his dismissal off the first ball of the series in Brisbane.

However, he was run out for a duck the following over by Marnus Labuschagne after being called through for a quick single by Zak Crawley.

Crawley then departed six overs later, getting caught at short leg by Travis Head for 18.

Dawid Malan and Joe Root played nicely as they added 49 runs for the third wicket, but both players fell in quick succession to leave England 81-4.

Malan was the first to go, getting caught down the leg side for 25 off Cummins, before Root was trapped LBW for 34 by the Australian skipper.

Ben Stokes, playing through the pain of the side injury he sustained in the last Test, only managed four before Lyon took an excellent catch at point.

The recalled Ollie Pope and the debuting Sam Billings helped England avoid the follow-on, but Pope could only make 14 before he was caught behind off Boland having played a poor shot.

Boland almost picked up two in two as he drew an edge from Chris Woakes, only to watch a simple chance get put down by David Warner at slip.

Billings looked relatively assured on his way to 29, before getting caught on the hook off Cameron Green.

Woakes, meanwhile, took advantage of Warner's drop and top scored for England, making 36 and then getting caught down the leg side off Starc.

Broad followed soon after for a four-ball duck, playing onto his own stumps, and Wood was bowled by Cummins for 16 as England were all out for 188.

They did start well with the new ball again in Australia's second innings, though, with Broad, Woakes and Wood picking up three early wickets.

Broad got the first scalp, renewing his rivalry with David Warner and sending him packing for a pair, while Woakes got Labuschagne caught for five.

Wood then got in on the act, producing an excellent 91mph bouncer to get Usman Khawaja caught by Billings for 11.

Steve Smith and nightwatchman Boland managed to see Australia through to the close at 37-3 with a lead of 152 which means, despite those three quick wickets, the hosts remain in the driving seat.

Here are five talking points from the day's play.

Robinson's fitness struggles

After suffering a back spasm on day one which meant he was only able to bowl eight overs, Robinson barely featured at all on day two.

He was prevented from bowling at all in the first session, but did come out to bat down the order at number 11.

However, he did not face a single ball before the final wicket fell and did not open the bowling in Australia's second innings.

He did come on as first change in the 12th over, but he failed to hit the 80mph mark in his first over and got through four probing overs before the close of play in a promising sign for England.

Despite an impressive start to his international career which has seen him take 37 wickets at an average of 21.16, Robinson's fitness has been questioned.

And England bowling coach Jon Lewis believes it is something the 28-year-old needs to work on.

"[His fitness] is something he needs to improve," Lewis said. "He's got a record of playing a lot of games of county cricket but international cricket is of a higher intensity and you play it all year round.

"So he's got to get used to understanding what it takes to be a full-time year-round international cricketer and playing that extra day, five days of Test cricket."

Wood's response

Having been very expensive on day one, England's decision to select Wood came in for criticism from some quarters.

Former England bowler and BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew suggested Craig Overton should have been selected ahead of Wood, saying: "Mark Wood had a really off day.

"I wouldn't have played him here. It's a grassy pitch and has Craig Overton written all over it. It's always nice someone roaring in and bowling 90mph but on this pitch you don't want that. You want someone controlled."

However, Wood responded well on day two, continuing the short ball tactic that accounted for Green the day before.

Both Starc and Cummins, who have made key contributions with the bat this series, both fell cheaply to Wood's short-pitched bowling.

Wood also got Khawaja out with an excellent bouncer in the second innings, with his performance on day two showing the importance of having variety in England's bowling attack.

Burns run out for a duck

Having been recalled to replace the struggling Hameed, Burns failed to trouble the scorers in England's first innings.

After safely seeing off Starc's opening over, he was run out by Labuschagne for the ninth duck of his Test career.

It was a poor dismissal and left England 2-1, with Ricky Ponting and Sir Alastair Cook critical of Burns for not diving and David Gower and Steven Finn criticising Crawley's call.

"There had to be more desperation there from Rory Burns," Ponting told Channel 7. "He's back into the side, fighting for his Test career, and he's not willing to put in a big dive to try and save his wicket."

"I’d like to see a dive, the desperation of a guy coming back into the side," Cook said on BT Sport. "You’re absolutely convinced that Warner, Labuschagne – and I hate comparing England players to Australian players – would have been full of dust just to make sure they were in."

Gower, meanwhile, labelled it a "a dreadful call from Zak Crawley" and Finn told BBC Test Match Special that Burns had been "stuck on the barbecue by Zak Crawley".

Pope's struggles continue

Recalled to the side after Jonny Bairstow's thumb injury saw him ruled out, Pope's poor series continued as he was caught behind for just 14.

The 24-year-old has scored just 62 runs in five innings at an average of 12.40 and his dismissal in Hobart was roundly slammed by Ponting.

Speaking on Channel 7, Ponting said: "That's poor batting. Let's have a look how wide that is. There's no need for him to be pushing at that ball whatsoever.

"That is just an absolute nothing shot. It's a defensive push to a ball that's on about sixth stump.

"You're not going to score from it, all you're going to do is nick that through to Carey, which is what he's done.

"Ollie Pope you can shake your head as much as you like, but that's your mistake young man. What on earth are you doing there?

"There was a little bit of outswing earlier in the over, he knows what Boland's trying to do. He's just fallen for a pretty simple trap.

"All [Pope's] done is present Alex Carey with one of the easiest catches he'll take in his Test career."

Warner cops a pair as Broad breaks Botham record

Although his side is in a good position to win this Test and end the series as 4-0 victors, Warner's own efforts came to an end with a pair in Hobart.

After falling to Robinson for a 22 ball duck in the first innings, Warner once again lost the battle with Broad in the second.

This time, a stunning catch from Pope at point saw Warner fall for a three-ball duck as Broad claimed his wicket for the 14th time in Ashes Tests.

The dismissal also saw Broad overtake Ian Botham to become England's leading wicket taker in the Ashes with 129.

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