England 170-2 at tea in 1st Ashes test

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — England dominated the afternoon session to trail Australia by 114 runs in the first Ashes test on Friday, reaching tea on 170-2 in its first innings.

Opener Rory Burns is 82 not out after sharing a 132-run partnership with captain Joe Root (57) on day two.

Root, who was playing at No. 3 instead of his preferred No. 4 slot, was the only batter out in the session. Peter Siddle reacted quickly by sticking out his right hand — with the umpire already making plans to get out of the way of Root's shot — and caught and bowled the England captain at 154-2.

Joe Denly is 9 not out.

On his Ashes debut, Burns glanced Nathan Lyon down to the boundary to bring up his third test 50. Burns was lucky to survive earlier in a match overshadowed by poor umpiring decisions. Australia should have reviewed for leg before wicket when Lyon bowled against Burns with the batter on 21.

England had another slice of luck when it brought up its 150 with a risky two runs but Usman Khawaja's throw missed the stumps — Burns would have been out — and went for overthrows.

England went to lunch at 71-1 in its first innings after resuming Friday on 10-0. Jason Roy (10) was dismissed early in the morning session.

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.


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