Birmingham: Opener Rory Burns has brought England to a strong position on Friday with his first Test century on the second day of the Ashes series, on the second day of the first test match. Burners's unbeaten 125 helped England score 267 for four wickets in their first innings until the end of the second day. It is still 17 runs behind the score of 284 that Australia has made. Ben Stokes with Burns is not out 38 runs. Burns has so far faced 282 balls in his innings and has scored 16 boundaries.
Burns completed his first Test century with a run in the third ball of the 71st over. Earlier, his highest score was 84. With this, Burns has become the 10th batsman of England to score century in Ashes debut. He became the first England batsman to score a hundred in the Ashes series debut after 34 years. Prior to Burns, Tim Robinson played 175 runs in Leeds in 1985.
With Stokes, Burns has so far added 73 runs for the fifth wicket. Earlier, Burns shared 132 runs for the second wicket with Captain Joe Root. England started the day without losing any wicket with 10 runs. The team's score reached only 22 that James Pattinson gave the first blow to England by dismissing the dangerous Jason Roy (10). Here Burns and Root strengthened its foundation by making a century partnership for England.
After completing the half-century, he was given a direct catch to Peter Siddle on his total score of 154. Root scored 57 runs off 119 balls. His innings consisted of six boundaries.
Joe Denly made only 18 runs and Pattinson became the second victim. Jose Butler could not go ahead with a five-run private score. With these two consecutive shots, Australia seemed to dominate England for a while, but Burns and Stokes did not let it happen.
Earlier, on the first day Steven Smith brought Australia to a respectable score. Smith, who lost his eight wickets at 122 runs, scored 144 runs and saved half-century partnership with Peter Siddle (44) and Nathan Lyon (12 not out) to save his team from early slip. For England, Stuart Broad scored five and Chris Woakes took three wickets.