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England went into tea at 122 for 3 on Day One of the fifth Ashes Test at Sydney Cricket Ground. Pat Cummins took two wickets, both caught behind. Alastair Cook, who looked set for a big innings, departed when he was a mere 5 away from completing 12,000 Test runs.

There was a two-hour delay due to rain. Despite the conditions Joe Root opted to bat first, stating that the track was favourable to pile on runs. Mark Stoneman and Cook looked comfortable against the new, seaming ball. While Mitchell Starc bowled full to induce an edge, Josh Hazlewood maintained a tight line and length to strangle the openers.

The runs came fast as the Englishmen came with an intention to put pressure on Australia. Stoneman scored a run-a-ball 24 before edging it behind the wickets. Cummins set him up with a variety of lengths.

James Vince had a steady start as well, but the Australian pacers continued to strike. Cummins banged the ball slightly outside off, forcing Vince to push it through off. All he managed was a thin edge to Tim Paine, adding 25 from 54.

Cook gave an impression that another significant innings was on the cards. He spanked Nathan Lyon for consecutive boundaries through off. Sensing urgency, Steven Smith recalled Hazlewood into the attack and brought an end to Cook’s stay.

At the crease are Joe Root and Dawid Malan, on 16 each.

Brief scores:

England 122 for 3 (Alastair Cook 39, James Vince 25; Pat Cummins 2 for 35) vs Australia

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