Ashes 1st Test Day 3 Review: England reduce Australia’s lead courtesy of Joe Root and Dawid Malan

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At the conclusion of Day 2 of 1st Test Match of the Ashes between England and Australia, the Aussies had taken a great lead of 196 runs over the Brits at The Gabba in Brisbane. David Warner and Travis Head have been instrumental in dominating the game to amass a hefty amount of lead. The hosts were bowled out for 425 as their lead reached a total of 278 runs. England bounced back with better performance than their first innings to reduce the lead to 58 runs with 8 wickets in hand as well. 

England fights back after Joe Root and Dawid Malan play sensibly

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Travis Head scored a superb 152 to put Australia in a commanding position after their first innings. Mitchell Starc was dismissed by Chris Woakes after a blistering cameo of 35 runs. Mark Wood cleaned up the tail with the last wicket which was of Travis Head.

England came to bat in order to revive themselves in the game. The Three Lions were 107-2 at the break with skipper Root on 26 and Malan 35, still 171 runs behind. They lost both openers in the session.

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Rory Burns failed to add to his lunch score of 13 as he was dismissed for 13 by Cummins in the 9th over. While Haseeb Hameed was unluckily caught down the leg side for 27. But Root and Malan looked increasingly comfortable on the third day Gabba pitch as they took England to tea only two wickets down.

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Root writes his name in the history books by scoring the most Runs by an English batsman in a calendar year. He scored 86 off 158 deliveries with 10 fours to his name. He had Malan by his side, who also piled up pressure on the hosts with an unbeaten 80.

The duo have put on 159 runs for the third wicket, almost playing out 50 overs. Australia used 6 bowlers, without making a breakthrough. Spinner Nathan Lyon bowled as many as 24 overs but still failed to capture wickets. At stumps on Day 3, England see themselves at 220-2 after 70 overs.

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