After two horrendous performances in the opening two Ashes Tests, visitors England made a terrific comeback after finishing Day 1 of the 3rd Test at the WACA in Perth on a commanding position. It was the maiden Test century from the blade of south Dawid Malan which ensured England went past the 300 mark quite easily. Along with Jonny Bairstow, the duo shared an unbeaten partnership which helped the visitors recover from the early jolts.
The woeful form of Alastair Cook continued as left-arm speedster Mitchell Starc sent him back to the pavilion with a brilliant Yorker. It cannoned on to his pads and the umpire had no hesitation on ruling it in favour of the bowling team. Mark Stoneman and James Vince shared an impressive stand for the 2nd wicket before Josh Hazlewood found the edge of Vince’s bat and Tim Paine completed a comfortable catch behind the stumps.
Stoneman, on the other hand, was looking in great touch and in the process, the right-hander stuck 10 delightful boundaries during his innings of 56. It was Starc who brought about his downfall with a brilliant delivery. Meanwhile, skipper Joe Root after smashing 4 exquisite boundaries fell prey to Pat Cummins on 20.
The visitors were reduced to 131/4 and the onus was left on Dawid Malan and wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow to bail the visitors out of trouble. Malan struck some delightful shots square of the wicket and was ably supported by Bairstow who was also going great guns. Malan drove and cut to perfection and the pacers weren’t able to find any ply to dismiss the batsman.
He eventually reached the century a few overs before the end of the day’s play. His unbeaten knock of 110 of 174 deliveries was laced with 15 fours and a solitary six. Bairstow also remained unbeaten on 75 which included 10 hits to the fence.
Twitterati was pretty active throughout the day’s play and here is a compilation of some of the best tweets on the day’s proceedings.
305/4. We'll take that!
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 14, 2017
— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) December 14, 2017
Malan, in the middle of our team
Malan, batting like you’ve never seen
Malan, makes it good to be alive
— Matt Broughton (@Broughts89) December 14, 2017
305/4 on day-1. Well done, England. Win two more session and you’ll have a real chance of going 2-1. #Ashes
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 14, 2017
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) December 14, 2017
Magellan, experts in global investing. Can someone ring them and see if Australia can invest in a 1st slip who can take a fucking catch? #ashes
— Ryan Fitzgerald (@FitzySA) December 14, 2017
The first hundred for this #Ashes series for an England batsman!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 14, 2017
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 14, 2017
If you're not watching the #Ashes, now would be a good time to turn on the tv/radio…
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 14, 2017
Joe Root punches (gently) the door of the England team viewing area in anger at that decision #Ashes
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) December 14, 2017