Brisbane Times – Unsurprisingly after a session was lost to rain, a stumps report from the first day of the Sydney Test match would feel a little like a tea report.
- The English captain kicked off his day by calling correctly over a wicket with no more than deceptive greenness, but Root was not fooled.
- His other little victories have resulted, five days later, in grand defeat.Job half done: An overdue century eluded England captain Joe Root again.
- Now, at the tail end of a second desolate Ashes tour, Root was just hoping to prove to himself and to Australia that he could produce a big innings here.His gallant partner was Dawid Malan, the one unalloyed English success of this tour.
- Like most of Malan’s partners this summer, Root was settled by having him at the other end.
- They complemented each other well, Root scoring chiefly through cover and behind point, while the left-handed Malan made himself hard to bowl at by scoring liberally on both sides of the wicket.