Australia threatened to take management of the primary day of the Ashes sequence earlier than an unbeaten 64-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow lifted England to 240-5 at tea on Friday in an evenly balanced contest.
Root was 66 not out and his Yorkshire clubmate Bairstow had 33. The pair got here collectively after Harry Brook was out in weird trend and captain Ben Stokes lasted solely eight balls.
England scored at practically 5 runs an over within the morning however avoided all-out “Bazball” assault, settling for a mixture of some 54 singles and 12 fours however no sixes to go to lunch on 124-3 towards an uncharacteristically cautious Australia.
Brook will not need to watch a replay of his dismissal, not that he was wanting the primary time, and Stokes was out for a single to Josh Hazlewood (2-44) in wicketkeeper Alex Carey’s third catch of the innings.
Root and Brook introduced up their 50 partnership at virtually a run a ball.
Australia wanted wickets and broke via, although not in a manner it anticipated. Lyon (2-71) bowled Brook when the batter’s thigh pad despatched the ball looping into the air and seemingly away from his crease earlier than dropping centrally and spinning again onto the stumps, with Brook taking no preventive motion.
Stokes got here into large cheers and virtually acquired out in the identical over, placing his wicket in peril with an bold reverse sweep. The captain was caught behind shortly after on the different finish, appealed and walked off when the display confirmed a particular edge.
England was 176-5 and the sport moved Australia’s manner till Root and Bairstow joined forces.
Zak Crawley (61) was earlier dismissed by seamer Scott Boland off the final ball earlier than lunch. Australia had set principally defensive fields after dropping the toss on a superb wicket to bat on in scorching and sunny circumstances.
Australia captain Pat Cummins mentioned he would have additionally batted first, no shock given his staff boasts the highest three-ranked Take a look at batters in Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith and Travis Head.
Australia has not gained an Ashes sequence in England since 2001 however entered the sport because the newly topped world check champion after beating India on Sunday. It hammered England 4-0 within the final Ashes sequence in 2021-22, that means Australia wants solely to attract the best-of-five contest to maintain cricket’s famed urn.
A second’s silence earlier than the sport paid tribute to victims of a knife and van assault in Nottingham, England, together with two cricket-loving college students.