Pom pair open­ing up at last

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - By JUSTIN CHAD­WICK in Perth

A HAPPY re­la­tion­ship needs a strong foun­da­tion.

Eng­land’s open­ing part­ner­ship was on rocky ground dur­ing the first two Ashes Tests af­ter a string of low scores.

With Alas­tair Cook hor­ri­bly out of form, Eng­land’s best open­ing stand was a mere 28.

Their three other stands were sin­gle digit ef­forts.

But Cook and Michael Car­berry fi­nally had some­thing to smile about yes­ter­day af­ter shar­ing an 85-run part­ner­ship in the third Ashes Test at the WACAGround.

The part­ner­ship was the high­est open­ing dig of the se­ries, bet­ter­ing the 67 that Chris Rogers and David Warner com­bined for in the first Test in Bris­bane.

Cook walked to the WACA crease un­der im­mense pres­sure af­ter av­er­ag­ing just 25.64 in seven Tests against Aus­tralia this year. But the 28-year-old played a com­posed in­nings to give Eng­land a solid start in re­ply to Aus­tralia’s 385.

Car­berry also did his job. But like he’s done for much of this se­ries failed to cap­i­talise on a solid start, chop­ping Ryan Har­ris onto his stumps for 43.

Car­berry has passed 40 on three oc­ca­sions this se­ries, but he has just one half-cen­tury to his name and a high­est score of 60.

Good play­ers turn starts into cen­turies.

Last year, Car­berry took up a job as an elec­tri­cian af­ter think­ing he wouldn’t get the chance to add to his first Test against Bangladesh in 2010.

But some solid form dur­ing the Ashes warm- up matches cat­a­pulted him into the side.

With Eng­land 2-0 down in the se­ries, he and Cook have some ma­jor work to do to turn things around.

Their first-in­nings stand in Perth could be the start of some­thing spe­cial.

Pic­ture: PHIL HILL­YARD

Aus­tralia’s David Warner gives Eng­land bats­man Joe Root a send off af­ter his un­suc­cess­ful re­view at the WACA yes­ter­day

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