Gary Ballance scored his sixth Test fifty © Getty Images
Gary Ballance was out after scoring his sixth Test fifty © Getty Images

Gary Ballance’s vigil finally ended for a patient 61 in the post-tea session of Day One of the first Ashes Test between England and Australia at Cardiff. Ballance was out LBW for a 149-ball 61 with eight boundaries. Root and Ballance added 153 for the fourth wicket. Earlier, Joe Root and Ballance dug in brilliantly to ensure that Australia took no wickets in the second session as England were firmly in command at 190 for 3 at tea. Root was closing in on yet another century, while Ballance was looking solid in his half-century after a shaky start. The duo, who came together at 43 for 3, have added 147 runs for the fourth wicket. Live Scorecard: England (ENG) vs Australia (AUS) Ashes 2015 1st Test at Cardiff, Day 1

Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson were both wayward, each going at more than four runs per over. Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon were tidy, and Shane Watson was steady without ever been probing. Brad Haddin would be ruing dropping Root when the latter was still on 0. Live Blog: England (ENG) vs Australia (AUS) Ashes 2015 1st Test at Cardiff, Day 1