Australia maintained their grip on the ongoing Ashes series as they restricted England from amassing big total in the final Test match, being played at the Oval cricket ground in London. At the end of the first day’s play, England were struggling at 271-8 with Jos Buttler batting at 64. Also joining him is Jack Leech, who successfully faced 31 deliveries for his 11 not out.
Batting first, England made a decent start as their opening batsmen Joe Denly and Rory Burns looked confident. However, Denly departed when the team’s total was 27. Both Root and Burns provided the much-needed stability to their innings and added 76 runs for the second wicket. But just when England looked destined for a big total, Burns was unlucky to not complete his fifty and got out for 47 off Josh Hazlewood’s bowling.
This started the regular fall of English wickets as Root failed to capitalise on his fifty and returned to pavillion after scoring 57 runs.
For Australia, Mitchell Marsh was the most successful bowler with 4-35.
Buttler told BBC, “It’s nice to contribute a little bit. The boys batted really well in the morning and we got ourselves into a fantastic position but could not capitalise. Batting has been hard work and not enjoyable this series so I wanted to take the shackles off and play with a smile on my face.”
Speaking about his impressive bowling performance, Marsh told Sky Sports, “I was like a kid at Christmas this morning. It can be a long tour when you are not playing. I just wanted to try and get an opportunity at some stage and it was nice to produce today.
“The ball came out reasonably well. I just wanted to come in today and take a few wickets.”
Scores in brief:
Men’s Ashes: England v Australia, fifth Specsavers Test (day one of five)
England 271-8: Buttler 64*, Root 57, M Marsh 4-35
Australia: Yet to bat