Set­ting the tone Open­ers buck the trend for Eng­land

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Third Test -

Open­ing stand from Rory Burns and Dom Si­b­ley (right), the big­gest at home for Eng­land in Tests since Alas­tair Cook and Alex Hales put on 126 v Pak­istan in 2016. Next-high­est in that time is 80 – Cook and Keaton Jen­nings in 2017.

The no-ball that Chris Woakes bowled in the morn­ing ses­sion to de­prive him of Jason Holder’s wicket – fol­low­ing a sen­sa­tional catch from Ol­lie Pope

– was only the sec­ond of the fast bowler’s Test ca­reer.

Burns’s av­er­age with the sweep shot at Test level, sug­gest­ing the tac­tic could help the opener to com­bat his is­sues with spin. Joe Root’s run rate with the same shot is now 10.82 runs per over, the fourth­high­est since records be­gan in 2006.

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