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Mr Predictor says Root
Sunday 15 September 2019
Burns miscues a pull off Hazlewood as it loops to Mitchell Marsh... goes for 47
First box ticked. Burns and Root need to carry on now
Joe Root brings up 7,000 Test runs. Just the 12th England batsman to achieve the feat. Gets there in 86 matches and six and a half years (the fastest ever).
Root dropped for the third time... the toughest of the lot.... Smith drops him at 2nd slip off Siddle
Australia's decision of bowling first after winning the toss was questionable, given a dry pitch. They would have expected to snaffle at least three wickets in the first session and could well have but for the two dropped chances that can prove to be super expensive on a batting-friendly Kia Oval pitch.
Had you told England that they would end at 86 runs for the loss of just one wicket at the end of the first session after being put in to bat, they would have been overjoyed. Root, along with Burns, now needs to make the most of the dropped chances and notch up his maiden ton in Ashes 2019.
Back in 40 minutes.
Nathan Lyon has the ball in hand for the first time in the match.
A short and wide ball from Cummins... Root hangs his bat out without any intent... the edge was flying to Warner at 1st slip when Tim Paine went at it with his right hand and spilled it.
Both Burns and Root have been positive and have pounced on loose balls. Sensible battaing, but still a long way to go.
Cummins bowls a perfect bumper... Root pulls... top edges... at a comfortable height to Siddle at deep fine leg... fluffed... Can be a costly drop.
Pat Cummins comes in for his second spell
England reach 50 in the 14th over. The conditions are good for batting at the Kia Oval and the hosts have to cash in on the start.
Mitchell Marsh into the attack for the first time in the series
England are just one shy of 50. Both Root and Burns have been positive. Gradually, as the batting unit gains more confidence, they have a chance of putting up their most impressive batting performance here on a pitch that has been true till now.
Josh Hazlewood back for his second spell
Joe Denly looked awkward against the in-swinger but it was ultimately the full ball outside off that saw him throw his bat and give his wicket away. Was there to be hit from Cummins but the feet didn't go.