With the help of opener Rory Burns (125 *), the first Test century and Captain Joe Root (57), England have stepped in to take an early lead in the Ashes series against Australia. England on the second day scored 267 runs for four wickets in the first innings. All-rounder Ben Stokes is playing 38 runs with Burns. The team is just 17 runs behind with six wickets remaining.
Rory has experienced a lot of less Test matches, despite this he was given a chance in the Ashes. He roamed the spot in a very good manner and in the first innings of the first Ashes first century scored in the first innings.
This was his first century in Rory's Ashes as well as his first century of his Test career. He faced 224 balls to complete his century. Earlier, he completed his half-century off 110 balls with the help of seven fours. Rory shared a 22-run partnership with Jason Roy for the first wicket, while in the second wicket he combined with Root to make a century partnership of 132 runs. For the third wicket, he played a 35-run partnership with Joe Denly. Rory scored his maiden century in his eighth Test career.
The first day of the match was named after Australian batsman Steve Smith. The batsman, who has been banned for one year in the bowl of tampering, has made a century in his first innings after returning to Test cricket 16 months later. Smith's century helped Australia score a respectable score of 284 runs at Edgbaston. Otherwise, at one time Australia lost 8 wickets for 122 runs.
There is nothing more than the Ashes for Australia and England in Test cricket. This is the most important domestic session for England in past years. He made his debut for the first time by winning the World Cup. With the World Cup win, the number of cricket fans in England has increased and victory in the Ashes will be important in keeping these new supporters together.
England's Playing XI - Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root(c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
Australia's Playing XI - David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(c and wk), James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon.