Rory Burns and Joe Denly steady ship for England after Josh Hazlewood's Ashes masterclass


With no play possible on a washout on day one, Australia made up for lost time putting England on the back foot at 26-2 inside 50 minutes.

The early damage was limited by Rory Burns and Joe Denly, the pair putting together a half century partnership and reaching lunch at 76-2

Roy’s torrid introduction to Test cricket continued with the opener lasting just three balls before Hazlewood had him caught behind.

Yet while Australia might have been confident they could remove Roy, it was the wicket of England captain Root that brought the biggest celebrations when Hazlewood pinned him lbw for 14.

Hazlewood had been left out of the first Test – a call on form not fitness – but showed here just what quality the tourists have in their bowling locker, firing down two spells and reaching lunch with impressive figures of 10-4-14-2.

That honours were just about even at the break owed much to some aggressive counter punching from Burns and Denly who survived the remainder of the session.

Roy entered the spirit of Ruth Strauss Foundation day adding a red face to the numbers on the shirts, the red caps and the red jackets and dresses in the crowd to mark.

And if truth be told he might have gone with either of the two deliveries he survived as well playing and missing twice before edging behind.

It added to a forgettable Ashes bow at Edgbaston where he posted 10 and 28, the latter innings ended with a rush of blood to the head against Nathan Lyon.

Root, too, found Hazlewood a difficult proposition and was pinned plumb in front after a ball nipped back up the slope.

Yet Burns and Denly battled well towards lunch keeping honours just about even, particularly given Tim Paine’s decision to insert the hosts.

The pair rode their luck to get there, the former surviving a bad drop on 16 from Usman Khawaja at gully off Peter Siddle which bounced off his chest and the latter an lbw review on 11 which failed to overturn a not out decision from Chris Gaffaney.

But at 76-2 England had at least established a foothold.


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