Stuff – It was only a matter of degree.

Summary

  • READ MORE: * England facing Sydney defeat * Black Caps streaking away * Proteas in charge of first testRoot’s tour has not been bad.
  • These players at the very top of cricket do compete with each other, and Root has been doubled by his opposite number.
  • Smith has had three brilliant pacemen and an off-spinner so far ahead of the opposition that, if Root could buy one Australian player, he might surprise everyone and shell out for Nathan Lyon.
  • Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood kept sweeping in like angels of doom.
  • That’s more runs than any England captain in Australia has made since Mike Atherton’s 407 runs in 1994/95, and Root may yet pass that on Monday.


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