The Ashes: 1st Test Day 2: Rory Burns passes baptism by fire to give England the upper hand

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Playing only his eighth test and his first-ever Ashes test, England opener Rory Burns endured a tough test by the Aussies on Day 2 at Edgbaston. Burns, however, defied odds to record his maiden hundred. 

Playing their first home test without stalwart Alaistair Cook in over 12 years, England found a dependable figure in Rory Burns. The English have had a hard time replacing their openers with options like Sam Robson, Nick Compton, Keaton Jennings, Mark Stoneman, and Haseeb Hameed already been used over the course of this decade.

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Resuming their innings at 10-0, world cup hero and debutant Jason Roy got out early to James Pattinson. The skipper, who has promoted to No.3, saw out the session along with Burns. Lady luck stayed with Root as he survived a close call with the bails staying on despite the ball hitting the stump.

Root brought upon his fifty before departing soon after courtesy of Peter Siddle. The departure of the skipper triggered a mini-collapse where the hosts lost the wickets of Joe Denly and Jos Buttler.

Ben Stokes and centurion Burns managed to see out the rest of the overs after stitching an unbeaten partnership of 73 runs. With this Burns became the first player apart from Cook to see out an entire day’s play unbeaten since Root in 2013.

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