Root profits from Australia's butter fingers

Root profits from Australia's butter fin...

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 Total Views: 62




Gritty NorthEast United hold Bengaluru F...

Gritty NorthEast United hold Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United played out a goalless draw in the second match of the Indian Super League at the Sree Kanteereva Stadium on Monday amidst relentless rain. This was the first time a game ended in a stalemate since the Blues entered the ISL. Coach Carles Cuadrat opted for a 4-3-3 lin...

22 Oct 2019

Theunis de Bruyn named as concussion rep...

Theunis de Bruyn named as concussion replacement f...

South Africa batsman Theunis de Bruyn has been named as concussion replacement for Dean Elgar, who was struck by India bowler Umesh Yadav on day three of the third Test match here on Monday. Elgar was hit on the helmet in the tenth over of the second innings after which he left the field. "Dean Elga...

22 Oct 2019

Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sh...

Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma break...

Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma have become the first three Indian batsmen to score a double century in the same Test series. The unique record was created on Sunday after Rohit smashed his first double ton in the longest format of the game. Interestingly all the double hundreds were s...

20 Oct 2019

IND vs SA 3rd Test: Kohli wins toss, ele...

IND vs SA 3rd Test: Kohli wins toss, elects to bat...

India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa in the third and final Test, here on Saturday. India, who, lead the series 2-0, have handed Test debut to local man Shahbaz Nadeem, resting paceman Ishant Sharma. Desperate to win the toss, Temba Bavuma walked in as proxy...

19 Oct 2019

Saurav Ganguly: Ravi Shastri shouldn't n...

Saurav Ganguly: Ravi Shastri shouldn't need a re-a...

BCCI President-elect Sourav Ganguly might not share the best of relations with Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, but the former India skipper has said that there shouldn't be a need for re-appointment of the head coach even though the ad-hoc Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) formed to select the he...

18 Oct 2019

'Virat Kohli leads by example in all asp...

'Virat Kohli leads by example in all aspects of th...

Former West Indies skipper Brian Lara has lauded India captain Virat Kohli, saying that he leads by example in all aspects of the game. He also opined that wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni set a solid base for the team and Kohli has taken the team forward. "He leads by example in all aspects of the ga...

18 Oct 2019

Indian challenge ends at Denmark Open

Indian challenge ends at Denmark Open

India's campaign at the USD 775,000 Denmark Open came to a disappointing end with the trioka of PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma -- all-exiting after suffering straight-game losses, here on Thursday. World Champion Sindhu, seeded fifth, yet again struggled to buck the trend of recent early...

18 Oct 2019

Not a fairytale journey for boxer Manju ...

Not a fairytale journey for boxer Manju Rani

Heartbroken and shattered, all of 12, Manju Rani had lost her father, Bhimsen Singh, to stomach cancer. Nowhere to go and none to take out frustration on, Rani found solace in boxing. She preferred punching the bag, hard, and letting go off the anger to sitting at home and mourning the loss of her f...

16 Oct 2019