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more than three hours and faced 194 balls, hitting nine boundaries, to hold up the Australian charge. Despite the heavy cloud cover all day, there was none of the rain forecast for Sunday that hastened Australia's pre-play declaration. Storms were expected overnight.
Australia was desperate to wrap up the second test with a day to spare, as it did in the first test in Brisbane.
Cook's early departure, out hooking Johnson, and the dismissal of Michael Carberry, out hooking Siddle with the total at 20, were offset by the stand between Root and Pietersen – England's first century partnership of the series.
The removal of Pietersen and Ian Bell (6) between lunch and tea was another massive setback for England.
Pietersen played onto his stumps and was dismissed by Siddle for the ninth time in his career – more than any other bowler in test cricket. Bell, who scored a chanceless, unbeaten 72 to prop up England's first innings of 172, could barely believe he hit a rank full toss from part-time legspinner Steve Smith directly to Johnson at mid-on just before tea.
Root, other than flashing outside off stump twice in consecutive overs from Johnson, played with composure belying his age.
Promoted to bat at No. 3 after Jonathan Trott quit the tour with a stress-related illness following the 381-run first test defeat, the 22-year-old Root faced 165 balls until his innings finally ended.
The England middle and lower order has wilted in the face of some fearful fast bowling from Johnson in this series, including a spell of 5-12 off 18 balls from the Australian quick on Saturday, but was better equipped late Sunday.