Why? Much credit must go of course to Ben Stokes and his bowlers, for England have repeatedly posed questions of the Australians when other captains would have sat back and allowed the game to drift once a stand of around 50 has taken place.
Doubtless the Australian top order has taken time, perhaps too much, getting used to the fact that Stokes will always be at them, a contrast to the greater tactical conservatism of Joe Root. As Usman Khawaja put it during his 141 at Edgbaston:
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