Mitchell Starc dismissed Alastair Cook for 2    Getty Images
Mitchell Starc dismissed Alastair Cook for 2 Getty Images

England went into lunch at 59 for 1 on Day 1 of the first Test of the 2017-18 Ashes. On a track reasonable for the batters, Joe Root opted to bat first in order to, of course, pile on runs. The ploy, however, backfired as the veteran Alastair Cook could not fight his early unease: Mitchell Starc pitched one in the corridor of uncertainty, making Cook jab at it and induce an edge behind the wicket.

Despite the jitters, England sent the inexperienced James Vince to join Mark Stoneman to weather Australia’s fiery seam-bowling. The newcomers, for that matter, adhered to traditional cricket, choosing their strokeplay wisely.

There were as many as 10 maidens in the morning session: four from Starc, 3 from Josh Hazlewood, and two each from Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon.

Of the all bowlers, Lyon looked the most threatening. Surprisingly the track offered him enough turn right away. Bowling away from the crease, he drifted the off-spinners away from the right-hander and sharply darted them in.

In all, the session belongs to both teams. With wickets in hand, England have more chances of taking control from hereon. Australian pacers will have to bend their backs to extract more from this drying wicket.

Brief scores:

England 59 for 1 (Mark Stoneman 25*, James Vince 32*; Mitchell Starc 1 for 14) vs Australia.

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