England could not break the Gabba jinx this Ashes. The Brisbane verdict sided Australia, its ever favorite, even if the visitors posed a challenging first inning games. The home team won the match by 10 wickets batting in Day 5 without any hassle. The team required only 56 runs, which the overnight openers knocked in a cakewalk. New player Bancroft and David Warner both scored half centuries pulling up an easy victory. The former was unbeaten at 82, while the latter hammered 87. The win was crafted in England’s second inning itself as Australia bowlers slogged the team at 195. Later, the second inning lead was rendered insignificant as the Aussie openers hauled the chase to 114 by the end of fourth day.
In their first inning, Australia seemed to lose the stride. Chasing 302 almost came up as a challenge as England bowlers the top order was contained without much trouble. Until Steven Smith emerged to salvage the lineup with Shaun Marsh, England bowlers were dominant. Marsh’s 51 was a strong vindication of his selection. The skipper scored 141 steering the inning to lead the match. By the end of inning Pat Cummings added a crucial 42 transforming Australia’s score to something stronger.
England’s second inning was struck with an ingenious combination of spin and seam at Gabba pitch. As expected, the ground became bouncier after the first inning stretch. Facing England’s attack grew more than just a challenge. Joe Root scored a half century with his 51. This was the individual score in the inning with several players ducking out. Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow score 40 plus each. In the after-match interview Joe Root expressed his disappointment to lose the game. The England captain said that a 400 plus score might have brought a different result.
England’s batting line-up did not flare strong as expected. In contrast, Australia’s selections justified their presence to adequate extends. Australia managed to gain the lead in the series winning the first match. As he said, the first Test of an Ashes is always incredibly important. Smith posed his ton as one of his career bests.
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