Australia vs England 1st Test Day 1: Root’s century keeps Australia at bay

Root celebrates after scoring his seventh Test century

Root celebrates after scoring his seventh Test century

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Australia were unable to capitalise on their brilliant start to the 2015 Ashes series as batsman Joe Root led England’s revival with a spectacular knock of 134.

Root, who was dropped by Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin on zero, received some excellent support from Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes, who scored 61 and 52 respectively.

England captain Alastair Cook would have been regretting his decision to bat first initially as he, Adam Lyth and Ian Bell were dismissed in quick succession.

Root and Ballance stabilised the innings with a 153-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Ballance was given out lbw off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.

Ballance’s fantastic innings of 61 came off 149 balls and included eight boundaries.

Ballance played some lovely shots during his knock of 61

Ballance played some lovely shots during his knock of 61

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Root and Stokes kept the runs flowing with an 84-run partnership, during which Root brought up his seventh Test century, before he was caught by Shane Watson at first slip off the bowling of Mitchell Starc.

Root’s superb knock of 134 came off 166 balls and included 17 boundaries.

Stokes ended up making 52 off 78 deliveries, which included six boundaries and two sixes, before he was clean bowled by Starc.

Stokes hit six boundaries and two sixes during his innings of 52

Stokes hit six boundaries and two sixes during his innings of 52

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Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali made up for the double blow with a 50-run partnership before Buttler was caught by Mitchell Johnson at mid-on off the bowling of Hazlewood for 27.

Ali and Stuart Broad only faced 13 more deliveries, but failed to score any runs before stumps was called.

Ali finished on 26 off 38 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, while Broad has yet to get off the mark.

Starc and Hazlewood picked up three wickets apiece, while Nathan Lyon claimed one.

England ended day one on 343/7 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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