Joe Root scored his 12th Test fifty © Getty Images
Joe Root scored his 12th Test fifty © Getty Images

Joe Root scored the 12th half-century of his Test career on Day One of the first Test between England and Australia at Cardiff. Root and Gary Ballance continued to pile on the runs after England suffered from early wickets to fall to 43 for 3. Root and Ballance added an unbroken 65 to take England to a relatively secure 88 for 3 at lunch, and continued in similar vein after the break as well. Live Blog: England (ENG) vs Australia (AUS) Ashes 2015 1st Test at Cardiff, Day 1

Earlier, The Ashes 2015 took its time to begin after a few minutes delay due to rain and a prolonged opening ceremony. England won the all-important toss and Alastair Cook decided to bat first. Live Scorecard: England (ENG) vs Australia (AUS) Ashes 2015 1st Test at Cardiff, Day 1