England dominated day two of the first Test at Edgbaston led by Rory Burns who brought his maiden Test century to put his side ahead in five-match Ashes series. Starting at 10 for no loss, the host finished at 267 for the loss of four wickets to trail by 17 runs with six wickets still in hand.
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Meanwhile, Australia got an early impetus removing Jason Roy in the eight over. Pat Cummins was probing with the fourth stump line before Roy edged one to give a catch to Steve Smith positioned at the slips. Skipper Joe Root’s promotion to three worked wonders as he and Rory Burns revived the innings after Roy’s departure. Roy and Root have managed to put on an important 49-run stand at Edgbaston to go to lunch, where the pitch is at its best on the second day.
Joe Root strike rate saw a surge in the afternoon session as Australia looked flat. Siddle went about with his metronomic line and lengths, Pattinson and Cummins came back with better spells, but all counted for little. Both the batsmen brought their fifties keeping the Aussie bowlers at bay before a good return catch from Peter Siddle to not just dismiss Joe Root on 57 but also wake the session up. Although England skipper went back, Burns looked strong and kept going. The host went to tea at 170 for two and 114 runs short with the opener still batting at 82.
Australia made spirited fightback in the evening session of day two dismissing Joe Denly early. James Pattinson caught the England batsman napping at the crease before Pat Cummins removed Jos Buttler to have the Three Lions at 194 for four. But recently appointed vice-captain Ben Stokes resisted some good pace bowling while Rory Burns showed his brilliance to bring his maiden Test hundred. He batted the whole to become the second English opener after Alastair Cook to do so as he remained unbeaten on 125 runs to help England finish at 267 for four, still trailing by 17 runs. With Stokes set at 38, the hosts will hope to take a crucial first-innings lead to put Australia out of the game.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 2, 2019