England pin hopes on Malan and Moeen

A late double strike by Australia gave them the advantage in the final Ashes Test in Sydney leaving England assistant coach Paul Farbrace to pin his hopes on Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali.

Malan was unbeaten on 55 at the end of day one while Moeen will be the next man in when play resumes on day two.

Skipper Joe Root inexplicably threw his wicket away late on before Jonny Bairstow got a peach of a ball from Josh Hazlewood to leave England 233 for 5 at stumps.

Farbrace told BBC’s TMS: “The good thing is we’ve got Malan at the crease and we’ve got Moeen who knows he’s a fine player and he’s due a score.

“Let’s hope tomorrow is his day to fill his boots. We need to get as close to 400 as we can. It’s a good pitch. Those last five minutes have been a massive dent in our search for 400.”

Farbrace said that the skipper would be desperately disappointed that he was yet again unable to convert a fifty into a hundred, looking good until a rash shot saw him brilliantly caught at square leg.

The assistant coach also said: “Dawid Malan has shown his quality throughout this series and Rooty was playing the best innings he’s played throughout the series.

“You could see the disappointment in him. To lose those two wickets in the last five minutes is a massive disappointment.

“It’s a very quiet dressing room tonight, because people know how hard Dawid and Rooty worked to get themselves into that position. To see Rooty get out the way he did, he’s incredibly disappointed and frustrated.

“He knows he wants to convert more 50s into 100s. It’s not something any coach needs to sit him down and say ‘do you realise you need to convert more fifties?'”