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Root departs as England bat

August 09, 2013 13:06:09 UK

England reached 57-1 by lunch on day one of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia in Durham, losing Joe Root during a slow first morning.

England are now 1.001 to win the fourth Test and 1.001 to secure a draw, which would also be enough to ensure a series victory, while an Australian win is available at 1.001.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, England made a cautious start in the North-East due to some tight bowling by the Australian seam attack.

The first boundary of the day took almost an hour to arrive, before Root powered Jackson Bird to the cover fence and from the next ball Alastair Cook drove Ryan Harris down the ground for four.

However, having started to get the scoreboard ticking, England lost their first wicket with the score on 34, as Root (16) edged Shane Watson through to Brad Haddin and departed after a successful review by the tourists.

Jonathan Trott came out to join Cook and the pair took England past the 50 mark and safely through to the interval.

Cook, 1.90 to be next man out, was unbeaten on 21 from 90 balls faced, while Trott had made 13 from 23 deliveries, with just three boundaries struck in the session.

England had earlier opted to name an unchanged XI for the clash at the Durham ICG, omitting seamer Graham Onions on his home ground, while Australia made one change in drafting in Bird for Mitchell Starc.

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