England has come away from their first innings, in the battle for the Ashes, satisfied with their performance. In what can only be described as a bad start for the home team, yesterday’s game was introduced to the crowd, with what has been described as a bizarre, opening ceremony by Cricket fans. Following a fifteen minute delay in the start of the proceedings due to the unreliable British Weather the red carpets were rolled out for no less than four anthems and fireworks.
In the beginning England looked set to become the lesser side after losing their first wicket with a measly 7 runs. Australia Certainly bowled well at the start and following the loss of their first wicket the consecutive batsmen began to fall.
In the morning, a humiliating score of 43 for 3 threatened to reignite the feelings of failure that humiliated England in the last Ashes test. On their home ground, Last year, Australia practically made a laughing stock of England with a whitewash score of 5-0.
The bad start for England did not continue, and as it was initially believed, the strange opening ceremony was no bad omen for England. In a spectacular come back, batting in the line-up at five and six, Joe Root and then Ben stokes reminded the away side, Australia, that they were in it to win it.
England star Joe Root has secured his name in the media today by coming away from his first innings with a place in history. His century yesterday placed him as highest scoring batsman of 2015. He also made waves by securing his hundredth run off just 118 balls. The current record for a century in the Ashes was held by Aussie legend Steve Waugh; in 1989 Waugh hit a hundred off 124 balls. Joe Root was later caught behind and ended his first innings with a score of 134 off 166. As a result of his performance Joe Root has made the headlines for all the right reasons today and has even been described to have the potential to become England’s Greatest Batsman.
Much to Australia’s dismay, the Yorkshire star wasn’t the only formidable force yesterday, team mate Ben Stokes also put on a great show for the fans that filled the Cardiff stadium. Stokes hit over fifty runs off of Australia’s bowling. Yesterday ended 343 for 7 off of 88 overs, England are certainly willing to fight for the Urn. However Australia, having had a great start yesterday, will fight England all the way. No matter what happens now, England has made it perfectly clear that recent history will not be repeating itself.
Author Lisa Wood
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