Ashes: Australia vs England 1st Test, Day 3 Highlights: Joe Root, Dawid Malan Lead England's Fightback
The Ashes, AUS vs ENG, 1st Test, Day 3 Highlights: Joe Root and Dawid Malan dug in to give England some badly needed cheer on the third day of the opening Ashes Test against Australia at the Gabba.
Australia vs England 1st Test Day 3: Joe Root and Dawid Malan dug in to give England some badly needed cheer on the third day of the opening Ashes Test against Australia at the Gabba on Friday. The duo added an unbeaten 159-run partnership for the third wicket to take England to 220 for two at stumps on the third day. England, who had been skittled out for 147 in the first innings, now trail Australia by only 58 runs with eight wickets still remaining. Captain Root is unbeaten on 86 with Malan giving solid company on 80 not out. England had lost both openers in the second session -- Rory Burns failed to add to his lunch score of 13 and Haseeb Hameed was unluckily caught down the leg side for 27. But Root and Malan looked increasingly comfortable on the third day Gabba pitch as they took England to tea only two wickets down. Earlier, Travis Head scored a superb 152 to put Australia in a commanding position after their first innings. Australia were finally dismissed for 425 on Friday, 30 minutes before lunch, a handsome lead of 278. England then survived a tricky period and went to lunch 23 for no wicket. (SCORECARD)