Root’s ton puts England in control against Aussies in first Ashes Test

London, July 08 (ANI): Joe Root scored a brilliant century on Wednesday as England made a remarkable recovery from a shaky start to move to a respectable 343-7 at stumps on the opening day of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

Opting to bat first, England failed to get a promising start as they were reeling at 43-3 after losing both openers Alastair Cook (20) and Adam Lyth (6) cheaply. Ian Bell continued to struggle with his form and was eventually trapped lbw by Mitchell Starc for a mere one run.

However, vice-captain Joe Root joined forces with Gary Ballance to steady the ship as the duo punished Australia’s much-vaunted bowling attack on a slow surface by sharing a solid 153-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

While Root smacked a magnificent 134, Ballance provided an able support in their stand by scoring 61.

All-rounder Ben Stokes then contributed 52 runs before Starc pulled the game back for the tourists by removing Root and Stokes in quick succession.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (27) looked set for a big knock before falling prey to a Hazelwood’s delivery.

Starc and Josh Hazlewood were the pick of the bowlers for Australia as both claimed three wickets each.

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad will resume their innings on their respective scores of 26 and 0 tomorrow. (ANI)

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