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Ashes 2019 Day 2: England 267/4; trail by 17 runs

Poor umpiring was once again on display on Friday as Joel Wilson gave Root out caught behind off James Pattinson, only for the DRS to come to the English skipper’s rescue.

SNS | New Delhi |

As Australia had Steve Smith (144) as their saviour, England have opener Rory Burns (125 not out), riding on which the Englishmen are dominating the first Test match of the Ashes series with 267 runs for 4 wickets by the end of day 2 against the visitors. With this score, the Three Lions are just 17 runs behind to that of Australia in the first innings.

It was a solid show from the English batsmen on an overcast second day against Australia. Starting the day on 10/0, the Englishmen were superb in stitching partnerships.

James Pattinson removed Jason Roy (10) in the eighth over, caught by Steve Smith in the slip cordon. By this time, England were 22 for 1, but that was the end of the joy for the Australians as both captain Joe Root (57) and Burns ensured that they didn’t play any false shot. They followed the golden rule of giving the first session to the bowlers as both of them looked to produce a tight defensive game.

For Australia, it was all about bowling their hearts out as they managed to score just 284 in their first innings, thanks to a brilliant hundred from Smith. The former Australia skipper’s valiant knock ensured the Aussies of a fighting total on the board in the first innings of the first Test of the high-voltage Ashes clash.

Poor umpiring was once again on display on Friday as Joel Wilson gave Root out caught behind off James Pattinson, only for the DRS to come to the English skipper’s rescue.

England still trail by 17 runs and the Aussies know that they must pick quick wickets and unsettle the English batting before this match becomes a one-sided affair. Australia captain Tim Paine used all the bowlers at his disposal and even though not many runs were leaked, the wickets haven’t come.

Brief Scores: Australia: 284 all out (Steve Smith 144, Peter Siddle 44, Broad 5/86); England: 267 for 4 (Rory Burns 125*, Joe Root 57, James Pattinson 2/54)