The album of joe Root reprieves,” Mitchell Marsh execution and that throw. Here is the selection of day you at the Oval…
After an afternoon batting meltdown had them at 205-7 jos Buttler tonked 64 not from 84 balls to raise up England from stumps on day one, writes David Currie.
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England lost four wickets for 35 runs early in the last session, was reasonably well positioned at 169-3 at 45th, captain Joe Root (57) cashing in on three earlier dropped chances to bring a 45th Evaluation fifty.
Australia dried up the runs after the interval and, after Pat Cummins bowled Root to the second consecutive Test, Mitchell Marsh (4-35) – seeing his first action to the string – ran through the lower sequence before Buttler’s big-hitting heroics.
As Joe Root’s off-stump was pegged back by Pat Cummins with a cracker, australia’s capacity to crank up the pressure paid dividends however it was eclipsed by Mitchell Marsh’s dismissal of Jonny Bairstow for preparation and flawless execution.
The sent down 12 out-swingers before slipping in the in-swinger that’d the footwork of Bairstow all. The ball would have uprooted leg-stump had Bairstow’s pad never obtained in the way and the jubilant celebrations of Marsh were understandable. I love it when a plan comes together, as someone once said.
Did Australia let England ? It might seem a strange question given the hosts’ place however, the natives showed early signs of an Old Trafford hangover – understandably therefore having preserved the Ashes. Captain Tim Paine rather set the tone first after winning the toss – a conclusion that Shane Warne, one of others, found hard to fathom.
“They’re giving up a enormous advantage,” he opined. “Yes, there’s a tiny bit of grass on it but it seems a good, horizontal pitch to bat on.” Nor was Warne bowling a opening spell and fairly sure why Australia had chosen for the former justified his choice by depositing Root, to put it mildly, along with Peter Siddle ahead of James Pattinson on 24. When Paine shelled Root a jog later, when the captain of England had 30, and a chance was missed by Steve Smith, Australia’s generosity appeared to overflow.
But cue the fightback, into the fore with Marsh. Time will tell if Paine made the call. A win is a win, no matter how you get there, and Australia would look in the box-seat.
David Lloyd on Rory Burns:”He finds a way and that he moves away during his downtime and works with his or her trainer. That is his 12th Test game, he’s scored a century against Australia and that he will gain from this experience. He looks fine, he finds a way to score runs and that he seems a courageous participant.”
Nasser Hussain about the throw:”Paine is now believed,’there is a little bit of bud, we’ll have a bowl and possess them 20-3 back’ as England so often are. However, you have to think of both ends of this game as on the previous day it can find just a bit uneven and begin to spin.”
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