Burns lights up Edgbaston with maiden ton
Rory Burns’s unbeaten maiden test century saw him defy Australia for more than six-and-a-half hours as he led a determined England batting effort in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston on Friday.
Well played Rory Burns! He has batted clean through the second day of the Ashes, to give England the unequivocal upper hand in the opening Test of the series. 125 runs, 282 balls, more than six hours of application, and the upshot is that England trail by a mere 17 runs, with six wickets in hand, and four very tired frontline bowlers forced into their third and fourth spells. It’s old-school Test cricket, of a lesser-spotted variety, and it’s been rather refreshing! How Australia will rue their top-order meltdown. With a bit of support, it might have been Steve Smith still batting at stumps, 200-and-several not out!
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ENGLAND: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (capt), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
AUSTRALIA: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (capt & wk), James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Series: The Ashes 2019
Toss: Australia , elected to bat first
Match days: 2 August 2019
Umpires: Joel Wilson, Aleem Dar
TV Umpires: Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire: Tim Robinson
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle