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Ashes 2015: Root century leads Day One fightback

Thursday 9th July 2015
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Written by Danny Painter

Joe Root led an England fightback with a glittering century against Australia on the opening day of the 2015 Ashes series.

Coming to the crease with his team in trouble on 43-3, the Yorkshire batsman attacked from the off on his way to 134 from 166 balls in Cardiff.

Gary Ballance added a battling 61 and Ben Stokes a rapid 52 as England reached 343-7 by the close.

While Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood shared six wickets, Mitchell Johnson toiled on an unresponsive pitch after England won the toss and chose to bat.

The left-arm paceman, England’s tormentor-in-chief during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash down under, conceded 87 runs from his 20 overs as the hosts shaded the balance of an enthralling day’s play.

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