England v Australia day one snapshot

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2019

Jos Buttler added just six runs to his overnight score of 64, bowled by Pat Cummins off the pad attempting a big heave down the ground, before Jack Leach's resistance subsided in the next over.

He came to the crease on the back of three successive ducks - signified by a trio of England fans in the appropriate fancy dress - having been dismissed six times in eight innings by Broad. The game is unfolding on Australia's terms after a solid but far from flawless display in the field proved enough to expose England's frailties with the bat.

"I've certainly worked hard the last five months to get an opportunity again", Marsh said.

"When you have setbacks you always think the worst, I thought I might not play again after a summer like I had a year ago".

"I just worked my bum off hoping to get another opportunity".

"In the past my role has been to hold up an end".

"I was a little bit, not shocked, but it gave me great confidence to go out there and give everything I had".

Warner had earlier avoided the ignominy of four straight ducks but still fell cheaply, with his dismissal ensuring there have now been a record-extending 18 opening stands below fifty in this series, beating the 16 seen in the four-Test, West Indies vs England series in 1934-35.

Ponting, who is serving as Australia assistant coach, also narrated what went on with the team after Paine won the toss as the development took him in utter surprise.

World Cup winners England, desperate to level the series at 2-2, have struggled to find consistency and contributed to their own downfall at the Oval, slipping from 170-3 to 226-8.

At the lunch break, Burns was 42 not out, with Root unbeaten on 28.

Burns was out for 47 miscuing a half-hearted pull shot that was swallowed by Marsh at mid-on before Root (57) followed Stokes, bowled by a Cummins pearler that angled in and straightened to smash into off stump, in nearly identical fashion to how the Aussie quick knocked Root over in the second innings at Old Trafford.

Archer got the key wicket of Marnus Labuschagne.

The allrounder's bowling heroics on the opening day were a fitting reward for a man who sacrificed a potentially lucrative IPL contract to earn his Ashes recall.

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