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England openers make it through lunch; put Australia on top

England openers make it through lunch; put Australia on top. 

Perhaps, England’s opening batsmen could survive an intense half-hour before lunch. Earlier, Australia was knocked out for 425 on Friday’s third day of the test in Brisbane. 

Joe Root’s team faces a Herculean mission to win the first Ashes Test.

Opening batsman Rory Burns was 13 after he overturned an LBL decision in a review. Haseeb Hameed was on 10 with England 23 without a wicket. 

They still needed the 255 required to let Australia bat once more.

Travis Head finished with a stunning 152 off 148 balls. It was Australia’s final wicket to fall following a dominant session.

Burns, who was dismissed on the game’s opening pitch with Mitchell Starc on Wednesday, was slapped onto the pad by the left arm of the big bat the sixth ball in the second inning and awarded the lbw.

He was able to refer him almost immediately, and the ball-tracking system showed it had cleared the bails.

Following Head’s thrilling century on the second day. Generally, it was the third-fastest ever recorded in Ashes record. 

Australia resumed 343 for seven at the start of the day, with England struggling. It was a dull session.

On the second day, Paceman Ollie Robinson was recovering from a sore hamstring, was in a state of disarray, and was not threatened by the ball that was introduced.

Ben Stokes, who bowled nine overs on Thursday, struggled with a sprain to his right knee. However, he was declared fit and entered the game 45 minutes into the session.

The all-rounder received a hammering over the Head with six by Head in the second ball of his delivery.

A little over an hour had passed before the tail-ender Starc handed England the wicket after slogging Chris Woakes straight to Burns at deep square leg. 

The England opener took the catch the day after, grassing one in the slips, which was a reprieve for David Warner during his 94.

Then, Nathan Lyon also offered an uncaught-and-bowled wicket for Woakes. However, the seam bowling All-Rounder took the chance to take it one-handed.

Lyon then took on Stokes four times in the next ball to take Australia beyond 400.

Wood is the top pick of England’s bowlers, ended up removing Lyon for 15 after the number 10 was able to pull at a short ball, then top-edged Robinson in the square leg.

A head-slog sweep allowed Jack Leach to bring up 150 and received another applause from the Gabba crowd. 

 

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