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Best Of British Luck: England Captain Bowled But The Bails Don't Fall Off

Lady luck has not been on Australia's side in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

England captain Joe Root must have earned himself good karma recently to survive on day two.

Root was initially given out for a caught ball after the umpire heard a noise, but the Englishman sent the decision to the third umpire, convinced he hadn't hit it.

And he was right.

But to the utter horror of the Australians, not only had it missed Root's bat, the replay showed the ball had nicked the stumps on its way through to the keeper.

In a feat that defies physics, the bails bobbled but did not fall off, saving Root from a trip back to the pavilion.

Root was 11 not out from 57 balls at the meal break, desperate to produce a captain's knock after Steve Smith's epic 144 dragged Australia from 8-122 to 284 on day one.

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Earlier in the session, Pattinson combined with Smith's safe hands to remove Jason Roy for 10.

Rory Burns was unbeaten on 41 at lunch, having copped a glancing bouncer blow to the helmet from Pat Cummins.

Burns would have been out on 21 if Australia had reviewed an lbw shout from Nathan Lyon, who troubled the batsmen as much as any of the touring pacemen.

James Pattinson celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Jason Roy. Photo: AAP

Tim Paine threw the Dukes to Lyon after 12 overs and was rewarded almost immediately with the scalp of Root, who shouldered arms to a ball that spun violently and went close to off stump.

Pattinson and Cummins extracted good bounce from a pitch that Stuart Broad felt was too slow and low.

However, the hosts kept the scoreboard ticking over to continue an intriguing Test that had already featured plenty of momentum shifts.

With AAP.