Rain delayed toss in the ‘Pink’ Test. The toss held at 11:00 am local time. England chose to bat first. Play started 30 minutes later. The first session went as washed out.
Pat Cummins sent back Mark Stoneman (24) and James Vince (25) early after they got starts to their innings. Alastair Cook made 104-ball 39 with 3 fours before he was picked by Josh Hazlewood with DRS.
England were three wickets down for 95. Skipper Joe Root and Dawid Malan played the rest of the second session safely. Majority of the final session belonged to the English as the fourth-wicket pair reached 100 runs.
Root reached his 36th Test fifty and fourth in this series in 82 balls. Watchful Malan brought up his fifth half-century in 146 deliveries. As the second new ball was taken, Mitchell Starc brought the breakthrough in the first over with the second new ball. He got Root caught by a great catch from Mitchell Marsh at square leg.
The English captain missed out on yet another hundred. He made 83 runs from 141 balls including 8 fours. He added 133 runs for the fourth wicket with Malan.
Jonny Bairstow didn’t use a nightwatchman as he decided to see off day one. He hit one boundary but Hazlewood got him nicked for 5 as the day ended at 233/5 in 81.4 overs. Malan stayed unbeaten on 160-ball 55 with 5 fours.
England 233/5 in 81.4 overs (Root 83, Malan 55*; Cummins 2/44, Hazlewood 2/47)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com