London: England’s batting were exposed again as they wasted a solid start and laboured to 271-8 on the first day of the final Ashes test against Australia at The Oval.
According to details England scored 271-8 on the first day of the final Ashes test. Jos Buttler tonked 64 not out from 84 balls to lift England up to 271-8 by stumps on day one at The Oval after an afternoon batting collapse had them in trouble at 205-7. The Australians, who have retained the Ashes, dropped England captain Joe Root three times as he made 57 but the hosts failed to take full advantage. The opening partnership of 27 was the highest of the series but it was another failure for Denly, who made battling fifties in the last two tests without staking a claim to a long term place in the team.
On the other hand, Australia’s ability to crank up the pressure paid handsome dividends after tea as Pat Cummins pegged back Joe Root’s off-stump with a cracker but Mitchell Marsh’s dismissal of Jonny Bairstow eclipsed it for planning and perfect execution.