Stuff – It was only a matter of degree.
- 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.