Fifth test of ashes: the root fell twice while England made a stable start
LONDON: Joe Root It was dropped twice when England had a stable start on the opening day of the final Ash Test at the Oval on Thursday, reaching 86-1 at lunch.
Visiting captain Tim Paine He asked the home team to hit, hoping that their bowlers could take advantage of the first cloud conditions in South London, but they will regret the two babbling.
Joe Denly & Rory Burns had to dig deep to keep lively Australian pace pair Pat Cummins & Josh Hazlewood at bay in the testing opening overs.
England had an early scare when Burns received lbw with a score of only seven, but he successfully reviewed the decision, with the ball tracker showing that he was passing over the stumps.
But Australia did not have to wait long for a breakthrough, as Cummins eliminated Denly in the ninth inning to leave England 27-1.
The batsman pushed unnecessarily at a wide one & Steve Smith held on to complete a juggling catch at second slip.
That led Captain Root to the fold, with the England captain willing to make peace after an inconsistent series.
Pero el capitán tuvo una asombrosa sorpresa cuando, el 24, superó un tiro de Cummins a una pierna fina & profunda, solo para que el retirado Peter Siddle dejara caer una captura directa, para el deleite de la multitud cercana.
In the next one, Cummins, Root again had a big disappointment when the wicketkeeper Paine could not hold on to an opportunity with one hand to his right.
In the lunch break, Burns was 42 out, with Root undefeated on 28.
Australia won at Old Trafford last week to take a 2-1 lead in the five-game series, which means they will retain the ballot box regardless of the result in the Oval.
But Paine said his side were "very hungry" to complete the job & win their first Test series in England since 2001.
To have any chance of leveling the series, the winners of the World Cup, England, will have to find a way to solve the enigma of the immovable Steve Smith, who has scored 671 races in just five innings with a surprising average of over 134 .
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh & seamer Siddle were brought in for the tourists, with batsman Travis Head & paceman Mitchell Starc missing out.
For England, Ben Stokes is playing as a specialist batsman due to a shoulder injury. All-rounders Sam Curran & Chris Woakes replaced Jason Roy & Craig Overton.