Root tried unconventional fields as his bowlers threw everything at Smith but his team finished the day no clearer about how to dismiss their nemesis without a moving ball. "It's difficult on that surface," said Root. "Fair play to him and he played extremely well. "And even when it is a bat-friendly pitch like that, under the pressure of knowing you have to bat all day to try and get a draw is quite difficult and he obviously played very well, and made it quite difficult for us.
"The support here has been unbelievable. The noise they make is unbelievable and we have the best fans in the world." @root66 ?? More reaction ? https://t.co/fmExz2RQ1Q#Ashes #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/XuOj7ajnLk— Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 30, 2017
"Especially when the ball moves, we are more than capable of getting him out. "We just have to keep trying every option if he does get in and if it is a good surface, to bat on and keep trusting and believing in what we do."
Ashes in a nutshell: Joe Root ends David Warner's vigil before Steve Smith collects another ton... all you need to know from day five of the drawn MCG Test ? https://t.co/Z9gzo7Mcqq pic.twitter.com/uGI4O73wdk— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) December 30, 2017
"This England side is a safe environment..." Michael Vaughan thinks that Joe Root should've been more ruthless and dropped members of an under-performing bowling attack.#Ashes #ItsTheAshes pic.twitter.com/cPvSQgsS8L— The Ashes on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) December 25, 2017