Mon, Nov 27, 3:32pm by Head Editor
The first three days of the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane were very even, but the hosts took control at the beginning of the fourth day and just 24 hours later, cruised to a 10-wicket win, stretching their unbeaten run at the “Gabbatoir” to 29 years.
Debutant Cameron Bancroft finished unbeaten on 82 and had the pleasure of hitting the winning runs in his first Test in the baggy green. His new opening partner David Warner was at the other end on 87.
Many experts have pointed to the wicket of England allrounder Moeen Ali, who was stumped by Aussie wicketkeeper Tim Paine on Sunday in one of the most lineball decisions ever seen, as the turning point of the match.
His dismissal led to a collapse, with England only managing 40 more runs, to set the hosts a mediocre total of 170 for victory.
Aussie skipper Steve Smith was named man of the match after he showed incredible determination, skill and patience in his knock of 141 not out in the first innings.
The 28-year old’s 21st Test ton was one of his most crucial, and has reignited discussion that the Sydney-born right-hander could finish his career as one of the all-time greats.
It’s hard to argue that point too, with Smith scoring 5511 Test runs from his 105 innings at an average of 61.23.
The teams now head to Adelaide, where the first day-night Test in the 140-year history of the Ashes will begin on Saturday afternoon.
Mitchell Starc ended up with six wickets for the match, while off-spinner Nathan Lyon took five. England’s best performer with the bat was James Vince, who scored 83 in the first innings, while the visiting captain Joe Root was out leg before wicket in both innings’, with scores of 15 and 51.
Australia are $1.63 to take a 2-0 led in the five-match series, while England are out at $3.50.
The series odds have also changed dramatically on the back of Australia’s crushing win in Brisbane, with the boys in baggy green coming in from $1.36 to $1.17 to regain the famous urn.
England drifted from $4 to $8 to win their first series on Aussie soil since 2010/2011.
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