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Starc, Hazelwood late strikes put Aussies on top; England 233/5 at stumps

Root once again fell short of reaching the three-digit score as he clipped off his pads to Mitchell Marsh at square leg after scoring 83

ANI  |  Sydney 

Ashes 2018, Josh Hazelwood
Australia's Josh Hazlewood, fourth left, celebrates a successful review for a LBW decision on England's Alastair Cook during their Ashes cricket test match in Sydney. Photo: AP/PTI

A 10-ball spell with the new ball gave two late and crucial dismissals - of and - as managed 233 at the loss of five wickets at stumps on the first day of the final Test, at the (SCG) on Thursday, here.

Root once again fell short of reaching the three digit score as he clipped off his pads to at square leg after scoring 83.

won the toss and came to bat first after a rain-delayed start. Opener gave a good start to the side until he was caught-behind on the back foot off at 24.

Stoneman was followed by who was also dismissed by Cummins at 25.

Alastair Cook, fresh from his unbeaten 244 at the Test, hit 39 before given an lbw out to on review.

Root and Dawid Malan then shared a 133-run partnership until the flicked catch to fit-again

The new ball proved quite productive for the hosts as it gave two wickets to them just before stumps.

After Root's wicket, ended the day after scoring just five and giving the last wicket of the day on the final delivery.

was the pick of the bowlers, registering 2-44 from 17 overs in his first Test match at the SCG.

Hazlewood also claimed two wickets for the hosts while took one.

The second day will resume with at the crease on 55. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali, who is set to face the first ball in the morning will join him.

First Published: Thu, January 04 2018. 18:26 IST
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