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Buttler digs in for struggling England

12th September 2019, 19:08 by Bobbie Jackson

Jos Buttler dug in for England to try and rescue a disappointing first day of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval.

The hosts need to win the final Test of the series to avoid a series defeat although that matters little, with the urn already guaranteed to be heading Down Under.

Australia may have been regretting their decision to bowl when England made a positive start, but as the day progressed it appeared to be the right call.

England looked in a good position at 170-3 before they lost five wickets for 56 runs and were firmly on the ropes at 226-8.

Jos Buttler wasn't prepared to go down without a fight and he hit three sixes on course to reaching 64 by the close of play. He will start Friday's action at the crease with Jack Leach (10).

Buttler, speaking to TMS, said: "It's nice to contribute a little bit. The boys batted really well in the morning and we got ourselves into a fantastic position but could not capitalise.

"Both sides are feeling a long series with a quick turnaround between Tests, so that's why the intensity goes up and down. Australia are a really good bowling attack and asked questions all day. It's frustrating for us not being able to capitalise on our start."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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