The final session of the day went to England’s way with both Dawid Malan and Joe Root displaying solid batting skills. The duo went on to build a strong partnership and ensured the side do not lose any more wickets in the day. The skipper Joe Root who has been criticised heavily for his poor form in the series went on to score his 36th Test fifty and the duo took England’s total past 200 runs in the final session. The left-handed Malan also continued his form and supported Root in their endeavour to take England to a safe position at the close of the day. He also scored his half century. As soon as Australia took the new ball, Starc managed to get the wicket of Root with Mitchell Marsh taking an excellent catch at mid-on. Jonny Bairstow also gave his wicket in the very next over as England reached 233/5 at stumps on Day 1.
Ashes 2018, England vs Australia, 5th TEst, Day 1 highlights
England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow †, Moeen Ali, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson