What you missed on day one of the fourth Ashes Test

Australia ended a stop-start day in Sydney 126 for three

Rory Dollard
Wednesday 05 January 2022 09:26
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Stuart Broad took a key wicket for England on day one (Jason O’Brien/PA)
Stuart Broad took a key wicket for England on day one (Jason O’Brien/PA)

England took two late wickets to earn a foothold in the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney as Australia dodged the showers to reach 126 for three on day one.

Stuart Broad continued to act as David Warner’s nemesis when he marked his return to the side with a familiar looking dismissal against the left-hander.

But Australia were building a strong foundation until late breakthroughs from James Anderson and Mark Wood dragged them back towards parity.

Magic number

England’s longest serving Test captains

  1. Joe Root (60)
  2. Sir Alastair Cook (59)
  3. Michael Atherton (54)
  4. Michael Vaughan (51)
  5. Sir Andrew Strauss (50)

Joe Root broke an England leadership record when he walked out for the toss. It is not yet certain that he will continue to lead the side beyond this series but he is already in the history books as the country’s most tenured skipper.

Pick of the pics

Stuart Broad (Left) and Ben Stokes (right) look to skies for answers as the rain falls in Sydney (Jason O’Brien/PA)

‘Marvellous’ media centre

Wednesday’s action marked the first working day in the newly named ‘Richie Benaud Media Centre’. Few characters are as beloved on both sides of the Ashes divide as the great leg-spinner, captain and commentator. Benaud, who died aged 84 in 2015, is honoured by a mural which includes the following inscription: “Cricket has so many meanings to so many Australians. It’s become precisely that, an Australian way of life. And what a life it is. Some would even go as far as to say, marvellous.”

View from the dressing room

I really enjoy giving you guys a good story. Me and Broady love it when we’re out there. It’s good fun, good funny banter.

Warner takes his rivalry with Broad in good heart.

Watching the skies

Joe Root looks to the sky as rain falls in Sydney (Jason O’Brien/PA)

After regular interruptions and just 46.5 overs of play on day one – a tick over half the scheduled cricket – time will need to be made up with an early start. The bad news? More rain is forecast. A delayed started is very much possible, but the outlook improves from mid-afternoon.

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