Some critics questioned Root's decision to bat first after winning the toss in dark, overcast conditions on Day 1.

Australia won the series opener by nine wickets on Saturday with 1 1/2 days to spare after Nathan Lyon picked up his 400th test wicket and quickly added three more to dismantle England’s bid to save the first test.

Australia won the series opener by nine wickets on Saturday with 1 1/2 days to spare after Nathan Lyon picked up his 400th test wicket and quickly added three more to dismantle England’s bid to save the first test.

Some critics questioned Root’s decision to bat first after winning the toss in dark, overcast conditions on Day 1, and the selection panel’s call to omit veteran pace bowlers Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad from the XI.

“We have to be brave. We have to look to do things differently to previous tours,” he said. “The toss, it was the right decision, we just didn’t play well enough in the first innings.

“You can’t question the guys who were out there … (we) created so many chances, we just weren’t good enough to take them.”

A power outage at the broadcast compound cut the TV feed for at least 15 minutes on Saturday, and created another round of technology issues for the match officials.

On Day 1, the TV umpire wasn’t able to access ball-by-ball replays to review front-foot no-balls — and there were 12 that went uncalled in the first session. On Days 2 and 3, the technology used to register “snicks” — light contact between bat and ball — wasn’t available in the Decision Review System, either.

Root said it had no real impact on the players on the field, but could understand if it was frustrating for fans.

The five-match series moves to Adelaide, where a day-night test starts on Thursday.

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