The Ashes, Australia beat England in first Test: Records broken
Australia beat England by nine wickets in the first Ashes Test on Day 4 in Brisbane. England, who resumed the day on 220/2, were bowled out for 297. Australia needed 20 runs to win the match and they chased down the target in 5.1 overs. England have gone 1-0 down in the five-match series and have a monumental task ahead of them.
Why does it matter?
- This was a comprehensive performance by the Aussies, who took charge and made sure they hit back in style.
- They gained a 278-run lead in the first innings and England needed something big to force an issue.
- Dawid Malan and Joe Root inspired England on Day 3 but the hosts snatched the momentum today, claiming eight wickets.
- The win gives Australia the required momentum.
How did the first Test pan out?
England were bowled out for a paltry 147 on Day 1 as Pat Cummins ran through the visitors with figures worth 5/38. Australia were 166/1 in response before being reduced to 195/5. However, Travis Head led the show with an aggressive 152 as Australia managed 425. England lost both Malan and Root early on Day 4 as Australia ran rampant.
Pat Cummins excels for Australia
Australian captain Cummins finished with seven wickets in the match. He claimed his sixth five-wicket haul in Tests. Cummins now has 171 Test scalps at an average of 21.23. He has 59 scalps against England at 20.76. Notably, Cummins claimed his maiden five-wicket haul against England. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood claimed three scalps each. They now have 258 and 215 wickets respectively.
Warner slams his 13th Ashes fifty
Australian opener David Warner slammed 94 from 176 balls in the first innings. He smashed 11 fours and two sixes. He has surpassed the 1,700-run mark against England. Warner now has 1,709 runs at 40.69. Notably, Warner slammed his 13th Ashes half-century. Interestingly, Warner is averaging 95.00 in Brisbane against England. He has amassed 380 runs in three Test matches, slamming his second fifty.
Warner gets past 1,000 runs against England at home
Warner has surpassed 1,000 runs against England on home soil. He has 1,058 runs at an average of 62.23. Warner slammed his sixth half-century versus England at home. Overall, in 87 Tests, Warner has raced to 7,405 runs at an average of 48.39. He also registered his 31st Test fifty.
Records scripted by Travis Head
Travis Head scored a sparkling 152-run knock in the first innings. Head slammed a 85-ball century. He went on to hit 14 fours and four sixes. He has surpassed the 1,300-run mark in Tests (1,305) at 43.50. Head now has three Test centuries and this was his first versus England.
Root slams 51st Test fifty
England skipper Joe Root managed 0 and 89 in the Brisbane Test. He has raced to 9,367 career Test runs at 50.09. He registered his 51st half-century in the second innings. Notably, Root surpassed Hashim Amla's tally of 9,282 runs. Against the Aussies, Root has 1,783 runs at 40.52. He has 14 fifties against Australia.
Feats achieved by Labuschagne and Malan
Australian batter Labuschagne scored a valuable 117-ball 74 in the first innings. The 27-year-old has got past 1,900 Test runs (1,959) at 61.21. He slammed his 11th Test fifty, including five versus England. Labuschagne has 400-plus runs against England (427) at 53.37. England's Malan has got past 900-plus runs in Tests (918). He hit his eighth Test fifty.
Root slams this record
Root now has the most Test runs by an England batter in a calendar year. He broke the record of Michael Vaughan, who amassed 1,481 runs in 2002.Root also eclipsed his previous best tally of 1,477 runs (2016).
Lyon gets past 400 Test scalps
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon claimed four scalps in the second innings (4/91). With this tally, the senior bowler surpassed the 400-wicket mark in Tests. He now has 403 Test scalps at 32.07. Lyon is the 17th bowler overall and third Australian to claim 400-plus Test wickets. He now has 89 wickets versus England at 30.41.