Watch: Joe Root strikes twice, picking up Travis Head and Cameron Green during the 2nd Ashes Test

However, the Australian all-rounder could not find the middle of the bat and was caught by James Anderson in the middle of the outfield.

Despite Root’s double, day one belonged to Australia as Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 85 to lead Australia to 339-5, while England squandered favorable bowling conditions.

England captain Ben Stokes won the toss under gray skies and floodlights in the home of cricket, sending Australia into the fray with high hopes of taking early wickets in their team’s attempt to tie the series.

But David Warner and Usman Khawaja used their good fortune to share a 73-run partnership, and although Josh Tong removed them both, Marnus Labuschagne made 47 and Travis Head 77 to give Australia a commanding lead.

Obviously it’s an amazing day for us, we could have conceded three points and made it an incredible day, Labuschagne told Sky Sports.But still when you get sent to a wicket that we thought had quite a lot of power.

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