Late wickets dent England momentum on day one

Dawid Malan scored another half-century
Dawid Malan scored another half-century

England 233-5 (Root 83) v Australia
Fifth Ashes Test, Sydney, day one

After Joe Root and Dawid Malan shared a 133 run stand, Australia managed to seize the advantage in the closing stage on day one with two quick wickets with the second new ball to reduce England to 233 for five at stumps in the fifth Test in Sydney.

Rain delayed the start of the proceedings for close to two hours and it was England, who won the toss and decided to bat first.

Both the teams made one change each with Australia including Mitchell Starc in the place of Jackson Bird while England handed Mason Crane a Test debut in the place of injured Chris Woakes.

Starc (1-63) started the spell with two consecutive maiden overs but Mark Stoneman (24) looked positive hitting him and Pat Cummins (2-44) two boundaries apiece. However, his run-a-ball knock finally came to an end when he edged a rising delivery from Cummins to the keeper.

Both Alastair Cook (39) and James Vince (25) began to grind the Australian attack in an extended second session as Nathan Lyon (0-61) began to extract a lot of turn considering it is a day one pitch.

Cook signalled his intent hitting the off-spinner for back to back boundaries in the 28th over but the 60-run stand for the second wicket ended when Vince edged one to Tim Paine to give Cummins his second wicket.

A terrific review from Australia saw Cook denied 12,000 Test runs in this innings as he was trapped LBW by Josh Hazlewood (2-47). Umpire Paul Wilson initially thought the ball had pitched outside leg but the replays indicated three reds as Cook was left stranded on 11995.

Root (83) and Malan (55 not out) consolidated the innings as England went into tea break with a score of 122 for three in 42 overs.

The final session started with the duo scoring just one run off the first five overs and Malan's first run after tea came in the 10th over. With a boundary in the 53rd, Root brought the 50-run stand with Malan as England inched close to the 150-run mark.

A dive in the outfield to stop a boundary from Malan saw Usman Khawaja limp off the field and shortly Root reached a fine half-century.

Australia had their moments when Malan escaped a run out chance after Nathan Lyon failed to pick the ball cleanly and two overs later, Steven Smith dropped him in the slips.The 100-run stand between the duo came in the 71st over and Malan, who survived a second run out chance, reached his fifty.

Australia took the second new ball when available and in the first over, Starc had Root caught at square leg after the England captain struck two consecutive boundaries of him. Jonny Bairstow (5) survived a review from Australia for a LBW but was dismissed in the final delivery of the day off Hazlewood as England were restricted to 233 for five at stumps on day one.

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