ASHES DAY ONE- SESSION BY SESSION: Honours even at Edgbaston as Australia take the morning but England score quickly after tea
- England made 393-8 on day one of the Ashes, with Australia 14/0 in response
- Australia were on top in the first session, with England edging it after tea
- Here, Mail Sport’s Lawrence Booth runs through the day session by session
The Ashes got off to a thrilling start on Friday as England piled on 393-8 on day one at Edgbaston.
Joe Root made a sublime 118*, with Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow also passing fifty.
Crawley got the series off to the perfect start by hammering the first ball through covers for four, but was dismissed by the last ball of the morning session.
All of the tourist’s bowlers were expensive as they looked spooked by England’s aggression, but Nathan Lyon was the pick with four wickets.
Australia ended the day 14-0 after a typically aggressive declaration from Ben Stokes, with David Warner and Usman Khawaja surviving a probing four over spell from Stuart Broad and Ollie Robinson.
Here, Mail Sport’s Lawrence Booth runs through the day session by session.
Zak Crawley set the tone for the Ashes on Friday as he hit the first ball of the series for four
He was caught behind for 61 off the bowling of Scott Boland on the final ball before lunch
Jonny Bairstow helped steady the ship with Joe Root after England slipped to 176-5
MORNING SESSION (ENG WON TOSS, AND BAT) Australia (1 point)
The wicket of Zak Crawley for 61 in the last over before lunch, fending at Scott Boland, swung the session Australia’s way. Until then, they had tried to counter Bazball with ultra-defensive fields after Pat Cummins lost the toss on a flat one, which limited England’s boundary options but left plenty of gaps for singles.
They will argue their tactics worked.
AFTERNOON SESSION shared (½ a point each)
England managed 116 for two between lunch and tea, but lost two big wickets in Harry Brook and Ben Stokes within eight balls.
At 176 for five, Australia were one more quick wicket away from taking control. Instead, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow joined forces, and by tea had added a vital unbeaten 64.
EVENING SESSION ENGLAND (1 point)
A remarkable session kept England in the game, with Root and Bairstow taking their partnership to 121, and Root moving from 66 to 118 as a total of 153 runs were plundered in 26 overs.
Then came a bold declaration from Stokes to give his bowlers four overs at Australia’s openers — it didn’t work, but a message had been sent.
VERDICT: honours even ENGLAND (1½ pts) Australia (1½ PTS)
Joe Root scored a stunning unbeaten 118 as England declared at 393-8 on the first evening
David Warner and Usman Khawaja took Australia to 14-0 at the close in response
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