'Terrible': David Warner's unwanted history amid Ashes carnage

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Pictured here, David Warner looks glum after recording a pair in Hobart.
David Warner is the first Aussie opener in Ashes history to record two sets of pairs. Pic: Getty

David Warner has joined an exclusive but inauspicious club after a day of mayhem in the fifth Ashes Test at Hobart.

A total of 17 wickets fell on a frenetic day two, including a haul of 4-45 for Pat Cummins as England suffered yet another collapse to be all out for 188.

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Steve Smith survived a testing examination under the lights in Hobart, with Australia to resume on day three with a 152-run lead and seven wickets in hand.

One of the three Aussie wickets to fall late on Saturday was that of Warner, who registered the second pair of his Test career after ducks in both innings.

Once again it was Warner's nemesis Stuart Broad who removed the left-hander, with Ollie Pope taking a superb diving catch after the opener lashed at a ball outside off stump.

Incredibly, it's the 14th time Broad has claimed the scalp of Warner throughout the course of their Ashes battles.

If that wasn't bad enough for Warner, it's also the second pair of ducks he's recorded in seven Ashes Tests, making him the only Aussie opener in Ashes history to achieve the unwanted feat.

Only five other Australians have recorded two sets of pairs in Ashes history.

“It’s a terrible feeling,” former Aussie Test star Mike Hussey said in commentary for Fox Sports.

“It’s amazing how this game can bring you back down to earth."

Warner was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Marnus Labuschagne (5 runs) as Australia crashed to 2-5.

Not since 1978 have Australia been two wickets down for such a low score in both innings of a Test.

Former skipper Smith, yet to score a hundred in the five-Test series, finished 17 not out after facing 37 deliveries and looms as arguably the biggest threat to England and their hopes of salvaging something from the five-Test series.

"It's not often Steve misses out twice in a Test," Cummins said, referencing Smith's first-innings duck.

"That was bloody tough conditions.

"He showed why he is right up there with the best in the world... he'll be up for it tomorrow.

"There's plenty of time left in the match. As many (runs) as we can get would be nice, I'd love to get close to (setting a target of) 300."

Aussie quick Scott Boland fended off 25 balls, which included some drama when umpires denied the nightwatchman a visit from the team physio after being struck on the gloves in the day's final over.

Usman Khawaja (11) was likewise watchful before falling victim to a nasty bouncer from Mark Wood, having taken 25 balls to get off the mark.

England hoping for morale-boosting win

England's attack, stretched by Ollie Robinson's back spasm and with Ben Stokes unable to bowl because of his side strain, has given their side hope of salvaging a consolatory win in the series finale.

But Sunday will mark the third day in which they have been asked to steam in, having been given limited respite as Australia rolled the tourists for 188 in just 47.4 overs.

Robinson failed to bowl in Saturday's first session, when Nathan Lyon's free-wheeling knock of 31 lifted Australia to a first-innings total of 303, then delivered four overs at night.

Australia claimed a first-innings lead of 115 runs after Cummins, denied an SCG victory that would have kept alive his hopes of a series whitewash, prised out opposing captain Joe Root.

Seen here, Australian captain Pat Cummins gets set to bowl at England on day two in Hobart.
Australian captain Pat Cummins ripped through England's batting attack in a blistering spell of fast bowling on day two in Hobart. Pic: Getty

Cummins removed Root and Dawid Malan in quick succession during a collapse of 3-7 that also featured the key scalp of Stokes.

The hosts were far from clinical in the field.

No.8 Chris Woakes top-scored with 36 after being dropped on zero and five, with his first-ball reprieve coming when Warner grassed a regulation chance at first slip.

Earlier, Cummins failed to review two caught-behind shouts, with replays indicating they represented missed chances to dismiss Malan and Rory Burns.

Neither moment prove costly, while the skipper made amends with a superb lbw dismissal of Root.

Cummins celebrated with gusto, punching the air, while Root shook his head and trudged off in scenes reflective of the manner in which Australia eased to an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series.

with AAP

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