Great escape for Root as England 71-1 in 1st Ashes test

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — England captain Joe Root enjoyed a great escape as his team moved slowly to 71-1 at lunch in its first innings of the first Ashes test on Friday, still 213 runs behind Australia.

Opener Rory Burns batted impressively for 41 not out on day two while Root was 11 not out off 57 balls.

Root on 9 was given out caught behind off pacer James Pattinson. He immediately — and successfully — reviewed the decision with the video showing Root did not touch the ball, which actually hit his off stump but failed to dislodge the bail. An amused Pattinson checked the bail was not attached to the stumps by lifting it in the air with his hand.

Australia had struck early when Jason Roy (10) couldn't safely hold down a delivery from Pattinson and edged low to Steve Smith in the slips with England 22-1. Roy, a white-ball specialist, made his test debut against Ireland last week with a mixed performance and this failure at the highest level will likely raise more questions over his transition to the test format.

Burns hit Peter Siddle for two runs to take England to 51-1 at the start of the 20th over. England had resumed on 10-0 after facing only two overs before stumps on the first day at Edgbaston. Its innings has lasted 29 overs so far for 71 runs.

Australia scored 284 all out Friday when Steve Smith rescued the team with a brilliant 144 on his return to test cricket after a ban for ball-tampering. Australia had stumbled to 122-8.

No medical update has been given on England's record wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson but the 37-year-old seamer was seen at the ground doing some light jogging. He bowled four tight overs for only one run against the Australians on day one before leaving the field and going for a scan on his right calf.

England said Friday that fast bowler Mark Wood, part of its World Cup-winning team, will miss the entire Ashes series due to a left side strain and left knee operation earlier this week.

Australia holds the Ashes, the urn traditionally awarded to the winner of cricket's oldest regular international series, but England goes into the five-test series after winning its first-ever World Cup title in the one-day format. It hasn't lost an Ashes series on home soil since 2001.


More AP cricket: and

Bg pattern light


Subscribe to Samoa Observer Online

Enjoy access to over a thousand articles per month, on any device as well as feature-length investigative articles.

Ready to signup?