Setting the tone Openers buck the trend for England
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.