Expecting a comeback in the first Test of Ashes 2021, England have suffered a major setback. David Malan was dismissed by Nathan Lyon as soon as the fourth day’s play began. Malan, who played a fine innings of 82 runs, along with captain Joe Root, paved the way for England’s return. Malan was caught by Marnus Labuschagne on the ball of Lion. Shortly after that, Root was dismissed by Cameron Green. Root scored 89 runs. By catching Ollie Pope at the hands of Smith, Lion gave England the fifth blow. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are present at the crease.
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Root and Malan keep their hopes up
Earlier, England made an impressive comeback on the third day of the Test with captain Joe Root’s record innings and his unbroken third wicket partnership of 159 runs with David Malan. England scored 220 for two in their second innings on the third day of the first Ashes Test against Australia. Earlier, Travis Head made 152 runs in 148 balls as Australia scored 425 runs in their first innings to take a 278-run lead. At the end of the third day’s play, England were 58 runs behind Australia, who had scored 147 runs in the first innings.
Vaughan breaks record
Root, who was in excellent form, did not give any chance to the Australian bowlers. At stumps, he was playing 86 runs in 158 balls which included 10 fours. Malan had scored an unbeaten 80 off 177 balls and he also hit 10 fours. Root made a new record for England’s most runs in a calendar year. He has so far scored 1541 runs in 2021 and has surpassed Michael Vaughan’s record of 1481 runs made in 2002. The world record is in the name of Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan who scored 1788 runs in 11 matches in 2006.