Steve Smith’s Special Ton sealed the 1st test for Australia

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Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England – It was Steve Smith’s special that allowed Australia to snatch a good victory against England at Edgbaston. The Aussies took a 1-0 lead in the 5 match test series. Steve Smith bailed out Australia twice in the match and was the best Australian batsman in this match. He also had the most Ashes centuries while the former skipper scored 2 centuries in the match.

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Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England

Australia’s 1st Innings

The Aussies won the toss and opted to bat first. David Warner and Cameron Bancroft opened the innings for Australia after a long time. But, this innings did not go as well as they expected. Both the openers were cheaply out to England’s premier bowler, Stuart Board. Warner scored just 2 runs while Cameron scored 8. A lot was expected from Khawaja but he too didn’t respond to the tough call. He was out to Chris Woakes for just 13 runs. It was the partnership between Steve Smith and Travis Head which brought the stability back in the Australian innings. The 64 run stands between them allowed Australia to reach the hundred run mark. But, when Australia was one short of that hundred run mark. Travis Head was out to Chris Woakes for 35 runs.

Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England

Now the innings fully relied on the Australian wall, Steve Smith. He had a big responsibility on his shoulders. The middle-order batsmen fell like a pack of cards so there was no support to Smith. Wade, Skipper Paine, Cummins and Pattinson fell very quickly for low scores. But Smith found a perfect partner to bail Australia out. Peter Siddle provided that support and the Aussies made a good comeback. Smith and Siddle shared a partnership which frustrated the England bowlers. Australia was under pressure at one time but, this partnership of 88 runs brought them back in the game. Australia went pass the 200 run mark due to this partnership.

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At one stage this didn’t look possible for the visitors when Siddle scored a valuable 44 runs and was out to Moen Ali. Then it was Steve Smith who carried Australia. He got some help from Nathan Lyon at the other end. Smith ensured that the Aussies went pass the score of 250 runs. In this process, Steve Smith reached his 24th test hundred and still batted brilliantly after that. He didn’t throw his wicket away and that is what took Australia to a decent score of 284 runs. Smith was the last man to be dismissed. He scored a magnificent 144 runs which helped Australia to score 284 runs in their 1st innings.

Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England Match Highlights – Australia’s 1st Innings – England’s Bowling

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England started well but they couldn’t end well due to Steve Smith’s cameo. Stuart Board was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts. He picked up 5 wickets to his name while Chris Woakes took 3. Moen Ali and Ben Stokes took 1 wicket each to their names.

Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England

England’s 1st Innings

England responded well in the 1st innings. Rory Burns was the one who held England’s batting together. He got the support from skipper Joe Root and later Ben Stokes. The middle-order somehow failed to cope up with the Australian bowlers. A lot was expected from Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Johnny Bairstow and Moen Ali but these guys failed to deliver with the bat. They continued their inconsistent forms which hurt England. Rory Burns scored a good century to his name which was also his maiden test ton. Root and Stokes scored half-centuries to their names.

Burns also shared a crucial partnership with Skipper Root which was important in the context of the game for England. After they lost Jason Roy early, Root and Burns snitched a partnership of 132 runs which brought the innings back on track for the home team. Later, when Denly and Buttler fell cheaply, Burns got in action once again with England’s vice-captain, Ben Stokes. Stokes and Burns shared a partnership of 88 runs which put them very close to the 300 run mark.

Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England

In the process, Stokes got to his fifty but he was out quickly after that. After Stokes, Rory Burns reached his hundred and batted for some more time. But, he couldn’t manage to score more than 128 runs. It was the lower order batsmen that took England past the 370 run mark. Chris Woakes and Stuart Board showed their all-round skills and helped England after the middle order collapsed. Woakes scored 37 runs and Board scored 29. England scored a total of 374 runs in their 1st innings.

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Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England Match Highlights – England ‘s 1st Innings – Australia’s Bowling

The Aussies bowled well in the match. They picked up wickets at regular intervals and the pacers were decently economical but, Nathan Lyon, the lone spinner was expensive. Cummins and Lyon took 3 wickets each to their names while Siddle and Pattinson took 2 wickets each.

Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England

Australia’s 2nd Innings

In the 2nd innings, the Aussies came back strongly. Except for Warner and Bancroft, everyone chipped in with their contributions. Khawaja scored 40 runs. After the early loss of the openers, Khawaja and Smith bailed out Australia in the 2nd innings. But, he couldn’t convert this start into a big score like Smith and Wade did later in the innings. Khawaja was out to Stokes. Travis Head continued his good form from the 1st innings. This time he scored a valiant half-century to his name but needed to reach that 3 figure mark. He also shared a partnership with Smith, because of which Australia was in the game. Head was out for 51 runs after he shared a partnership of 130 runs with Smith.

Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England

England was even more frustrated when Wade and Smith continued to pile up runs for Australia. This partnership of 110 runs was the hallmark of the innings because it was the match-turning partnership for Australia. Wade and Smith scored their centuries and took Australia to a good total. It was a little break in between which helped England in picking up the wicket of Steve Smith. His glorious knock was ended by Chris Woakes. Smith scored a century in both the innings of the test match and in this innings, he scored 142 runs. Wade continued for some more time and took Australia above the 400 run mark. He played a very good hand and was dismissed for 110 runs.

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Time Paine and the other lower-order batsmen also contributed to the game later. Paine scored 34 runs, but the match-winning contribution came from James Pattinson and Pat Cummins. They shared an unbeaten partnership of 78 runs. Pattinson scored an unbeaten 47 runs while Pat scored 26 runs – not out. Australia declared their innings on the score of 487 runs for the loss 7 wickets in their 2nd innings.

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Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England – Australia’s 2nd Innings – England’s Bowling

England clearly missed James Anderson in this innings. The others were expensive and leaked runs. Stokes picked up 3 wickets to his name while Board and Woakes picked up 1 wicket each. Moen Ali also took 2 wickets. Australia in total set the target of 398 runs for England to win this game.

Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England– Match Highlights – England’s 2nd Innings

The game had already gone away from the hosts. It was a mere formality which the visitors had to complete. England needed to bat out the 3 sessions on the final day. But, the spin of Nathan Lyon didn’t allow that to happen. First, it was James Pattinson who started the proceedings with the new ball. He picked up the centurion of England’s 1st innings. The hero Burns, scored just 11 runs in the 2nd innings. Roy and Root batted for a decent amount of time, but Lyon clean bowled Roy for 28 runs. Then Joe Denly dented the England innings with another low score. He was also picked up by Lyon for 11 runs.

Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England

Root was the main wicket for Australia, and the Aussies picked him up early for 28 runs and progressed towards the victory as Stokes was caught brilliantly by Paine behind the stumps. Stokes was out for just 6 runs. England lost the wickets in a heap. Buttler and Bairstow continued their poor form in this match too. They were out cheaply. It was Chris Woakes who provided some lusty blows but that too wasn’t enough for the hosts to save this test match. Moen Ali’s batting woes continued and this time he faced 44 balls and scored just 6 runs. Lyon picked up his wicket for the 9th time in the test matches. Stuart Board went for a first-ball golden duck and then Woakes also perished for 37 runs. England was bundled out for just 146 runs in 52.3 overs. Australia won the match by 251 runs and they are 1-0 ahead in the 5 match test series.

Ashes 2019 First Test Match Australia vs England – England’s 2nd Innings – Australia’s Bowling

Lyon roared at Edgbaston. After being expensive in the first innings, Nathan Lyon came back strongly and showed his class in the 2nd innings. Lyon picked up 6 wickets to his name and gave a big win for Australia. Pat Cummins was the other bowler who caused the damaged for England. He supported Lyon well and picked up 4 wickets to his name in this innings. Steve Smith had a marvelous comeback into the longest form of the game. His twin centuries in both the innings earned him the man of the match award.

Next Match – 2nd Ashes Test Match is on Wednesday 14th July 2019.

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