August 2, 2019 / 12:21 PM / 18 days ago

Root gets reprieve as England make steady start to innings

Cricket - Ashes 2019 - First Test - England v Australia - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - August 2, 2019 England's Joe Root in action Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Joe Root survived an early scare as he and Rory Burns helped England make a steady start in their first innings of the first Ashes test at Edgbaston on Friday, trailing Australia by 213 runs on 71-1 at lunch on day two.

Jason Roy’s first Ashes innings never really got going before he was caught by Steve Smith off the bowling of James Pattinson in the slips for 10.

Root then got a reprieve after a superb delivery from Pattinson beat him all ends up, clipped the wickets, but the bails did not come off. The England captain had been given out caught behind, but the Decision Review System showed there was no bat involved.

Both Root and Burns had plenty of nervous moments, with the spin bowling of Nathan Lyon causing problems, but they remain at the crease with England in a good position.

Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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