score and latest updates from fourth Test day one in Sydney

SIt was the disaster of the innings loss to Melbourne that expectations for this fourth test are understandably low. To move the game to a fifth day would be something of a cause for celebration, with a batsman also scoring a century. Even a draw – a Down Under rarity – would amount to a win for some.

Root will undoubtedly be looking for more in his 60th Test as England captain, a record breaking Cook’s 59 appearances at the helm. In addition to the horrific battering display, Chris Silverwood’s position as coach, and existential concern over the state of English play, another question raised in the wake of the Melbourne massacre was whether Root’s time as a skipper had to come to an end. As today’s first day at Sydney Root approaches, once again any discussion of her role has been postponed.

“I have to make sure that I am fully focused on these two games,” he said. “First and foremost, I have to try to get the best out of the squad, to make sure that we have the performances that we continue to fight on the pitch.

“We’ll be concerned about the captaincy at the end of the series.”

England named their squad last night with the MCG hitters who all had another chance to prove they know which inning end to hold. In the attack, Stuart Broad replaces Ollie Robinson.

For Australia, Usman Khawaja replaces Travis Head, who is in isolation with Covid, and Scott Boland, the home hero of the last Test, keeps his place in the attack that has done so much damage this series.


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