Australia split Joe Root box prior to landing three more painful blows to shift the balance of drama from England at Old Trafford…
After Rory Burns and Joe Root had anchored the comeback of England day three of the fourth Test josh Hazlewood reignited Australia’s hopes of an Ashes-sealing victory.
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Root (71) – around the ground where he struck a career-best 254 against Pakistan three years back and averages 99.16 – and Burns (81) shared a third-wicket stand of 141, only for Hazlewood (4-48) to dismiss them both along with Jason Roy (22) as England shut a rain-shortened afternoon on 200-5, 297 runs behind Australia and needing a further 98 to prevent the follow on.
England’s sloppy fielding came under the microscope but it had been an Australian error which caught the eye. Root had 58 runs into his name when he looked to perform a complete delivery throughout the leg-sideto snick a leading edge behind. The seamer had his man – or so he thought – until the ball bisected the statuesque wicketkeeper Tim Paine and first slip David Warner.
“We’ve seen Warner take a couple to his left at the show but that has become the wicketkeeper’s catch,” explained Mike Atherton. “It was not as though the’keeper was wrong-footed either. If something Paine took half-a-step to his right so he was gong the perfect way but he then opted not to go in any respect.”
How significant are maidens? England’s bowlers mustered just 12 since Australia wrapped together at near-enough four-runs-an-over in their first innings – the home side unable to keep pressure in a way that Australia’s attack did on day three.
The tourists’ three bowlers refused to allow Joe Root and hit the pitch hard consistently and their century rack that was yearlong is scored freely in by Rory Burns – by bagging 3-16 in 1 47, the strain telling as Hazlewood followed up another remarkable Pat Cummins display.
The stats show that while Australia joined the dots up England bowled a maiden once every 10. Together with England that build-up of stress could prove telling.
Nasser Hussain:”Burns and Root have performed closely. Outside of all the openers in this series Burns has burst out, using a hundred at Lord’s and this innings here. For England, there can’t be any soft dismissals – it’s a great coating for the seamers, together with bounce coming via. Don’t give Australia anything then they come in a bunch.”
Isa Guha:”Joe Root has spoken about using Ben Stokes’ knock as the blueprint for how they ought to bat, giving themselves a time in the center to find out exactly what it is doing – and that’s exactly what they do possess, lots of time left in this Test.”
England fast bowling coach Chris Silverwood:”We have got to be more cautious with Jofra – he’s enjoying his next Test match. We’ve got to cut him a bit of flak – he is still finding his way to international cricket. But he’s put the workload we’ve seen what he is capable of but he’s not going to do it every day.”
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