Root profits from Australia's butter fingers
Ruling out a dry pitch in favour of overcast conditions, Australia opted to bowl first in the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval, only to be left frustrated by the ball doing relatively less than they thought, and then dropped catches. England went into Lunch on Day 1 at 86 for 1 from 25 overs.
Joe Root was dropped twice off the bowling of Pat Cummins. The first was off a top-edged pull, when Peter Siddle dropped a simple catch in the deep; Root was on 24. And the second dropped chance was by Tim Paine behind the wicket, going one-handed for an outside edge flying to his right. Root was on 25 then. The England captain, as a result, survived and made it to the second session on 28 off 53 balls.
Joe Denly was the only wicket to fall in the session, and it also came off a stuttering effort by Steven Smith at second slip, Cummins being the bowler again. Josh Hazlewood in comparison bowled an opening spell of six overs for 20 runs. Mitchell Marsh, brought in at the cost of Travis Head as bowling buffer, bowled only two overs in the session while Nathan Lyon bowled just one.
There was an overturned on-field decision early in the session by Burns, with replays revealing that the ball was missing the stumps. An uphill task awaits Australia after lunch, with improving batting conditions suggesting a long day ahead for the bowlers.
Brief scores:England 86/1 (Rory Burns 42*, Joe Root 28*; Pat Cummins 1-28) vs Australia.
PostedOn: 12 Sep 2019
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