Ashes: England 76-2 at lunch v Australia; Roy, Root out

LONDON (AP) — Josh Hazlewood took two early wickets, including the key one of Joe Root, on his return to the Australia team before England fought back to reach lunch at 76-2 as the second Ashes test finally got underway Thursday.

The paceman got an edge behind by Jason Roy for 0 off the third ball of his first over and then trapped Root, England's captain and best batsman, lbw for 14.

Hazlewood had figures of 2-14 off 10 overs at Lord's after coming into Australia's attack to replace James Pattinson.

Reeling at 26-2, England got through the rest of Day 2's first session unscathed, with Rory Burns on 34 and Joe Denly on 27.

The opening day of the test was washed out without a ball being bowled at the home of cricket. The forecast was much better for the second day.

Australia won the first test by 251 runs.

Roy, a white-ball specialist who was one of the star performers in England's World Cup-winning campaign this summer, is playing only his third test match, after making 5 and 72 in a warmup against Ireland, and 10 and 28 in the first test against Australia at Edgbaston.

His place in the team might come under scrutiny after only lasting three balls Thursday, wafting at Hazlewood's first ball and then pushing hard at a delivery outside off-stump two balls later to edge to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

Burns, a first-test century-maker, was more stubborn with his 34 coming off 90 balls and including five fours but he lost his captain when Root was beaten by Hazlewood's seam movement to be stranded in front of his wickets.

England is giving a test debut to Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer, who replaced the injured James Anderson. Jack Leach was the second change, coming in for fellow spinner Moeen Ali.

Lord's was awash with red on Thursday in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, a lung cancer charity set up to honor the late wife of Andrew Strauss, the former England captain and director of men's cricket. Fans were asked to wear red and both teams wore limited-edition caps and shirts to be auctioned off, one of several fund-raising initiatives in place.

Strauss' two sons rang the five-minute bell before play started.


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