1st test match of Ashes 2019 between Australia and England has become worth watching. Team England has just shown a terrific game with both bat and ball. English bowlers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes done the magic with ball and now, Rory Burns has scored his maiden Hundred. It will be a very special moment for him.
Ashes 2019: Rory Burns scored his maiden Hundred in 1st test match
Nothing encapsulated the struggle and the grind better than Rory Burns’ maiden Test hundred. It was an innings of discipline and restraint. This was not aggressive, dynamic, run-a-ball stuff. It wasn’t an innings you would particularly want to watch again. But it was a 282 ball stay built on accumulation and defense, concentration and doggedness.
He faced the first ball and the last ball. It wasn’t exhilarating but it was effective. Burns simply wasn’t going to be rushed. He spent 18 deliveries on 92 and then nine more on 99.
While England’s batsmen grafted, Australia’s bowlers had to do likewise on a pitch which offered them less movement than their opponents had on day one.
Given the luck Burns had, the amount of play and misses engineered from all the batsmen, the ball from Pattinson which clipped Root’s stumps but failed to dislodge the bails and an LBW decision against the same batsman which was overturned on review, Australia will feel hard done by to emerge from a day in the dirt with only four wickets to show for it. They bowled far better than that and on another day, they could have been the side on top at the close rather than England.
Just the stuff of boyhood dreams, Rory Burns. An Ashes debut, an opening slot begging for a non-Cook for ages, and a pitch that clearly wasn’t the easiest. But he batted through the multiple balls beating his outside edge, the multiple edges flying past the cordon, and more importantly, he’s batted through over six-and-a-half hours. Right, onto the big picture. It was almost all of England today.
When Root and Burns were out there, the Aussies’ shoulders seemed to have dropped, the bowling became really repetitive, but a ball change after the 60th over that brought out a changed one from last year’s batch swung it back, literally, with two quick wickets.
But then Stokes, Sir Ben Stokes, slammed the door open once again, with sheer dominance over the bowling. So, with the lead nearly wiped out and a big chunk of the batting still to come, the first session tomorrow should determine the extent to which the English inflict their damage.
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