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England Lost First Test of the Ashes Series

England lost to Australia by 251 runs, Here is the short review, Stats scorecard of the match and main reasons why England test lost the first Test match of the Ashes series.

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England went into this first test of Ashes series 2019 as favorites. Many around the cricket world declared them clear favorites due to the momentum they were carrying from the ICC Cricket World Cup and also the dominance they showed over Australia in the knockout games. However, the English team proved everyone wrong with losing the first test match easily on the 5th day (second session).

WHERE DID ENGLAND GO WRONG?

Test Cricket is a different world altogether. There is a reason why it is called the best of the formats and the real test of skill, temperament, and cricket as a whole. England after brilliant first innings with the bowl and also with the bat looked amazing in patches but sudden collapse after good cricket is now getting a routine thing with England cricket team. Even in the World Cup after amazing few performances, they almost gave it away losing to some of the weakest sides in the tournament and then had to work out their way hard in order to qualify for the semis.

In the 4-day test match against Ireland, things went sideways for the English team when they were all bowled out for a mere 85 runs total. After that shocker, England had to work super hard to restrict Ireland to win that test. This first test match of the Ashes series was no exception. They had it covered for the most part but lost way in the critical times. England was forced to play for the draw on the fourth and fifth day of the test match courtesy some fine Aussie recovery and some extraordinary batting from Steve Smith and Wade. The target of 398 runs was never a reality once the centurions Wade and Smith took Australia to 487 runs.

STAR OF AUSTRALIAN TRIBE

England team was simply outplayed by the class of Steve Smith who never gives up and single-handedly scored the bulk of the runs when others around him were failing. The Australian top order failed in both innings but Smith stood like a rock and played two magical innings of 144 and 142 runs when led Australia to win it easily in the end by a margin of over 250 runs (251).

Here is the scorecard of the first Ashes test match (ENG vs AUS)

England Men 374 & 146 ( 135.5 & 52.3 ) overs
Australia Men: 284 & 7d-487 ( 80.4 & 112.0 ) overs
Australia win by 251 runs
Toss - Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
Batsmens
R
B
4S
6S
SR
37
54
7
0
68.52
Bowler
O
M
R
W
Econ
11.3
3
32
4
2.78
Man of the Match
Steven Smith
Commentry
In over# 53
Runs : 0 Bowler: Pat Cummins Wickets : 1
Over 53. no runs. Bowler: Pat Cummins. England: 10-146(rr 2.75)
52.3
W
OUT! Caught. Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes. Off cutter short, outside off stump on the back foot Fended, Spliced to second slip, by Smith. There it is! Cummins rolls his fingers across it as he fires it into the surface. The ball grips, holds up, and Woakes doesn't know what to do with it. He ends up poking the bat at the ball, and chips it into the hands of second slip.Australia have done a thoroughly professional job today, and sealed the victory with ease. A massive win for the visitors, who go 1-0 up in the series. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon combined to run through the England batting line up, with no one in particular contributing massively for the home side. All of this wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for one paritcular man, though. Steve Smith with two sensational hundreds set up the game for the Aussies. He was the star performer across the five days. Worrying signs for England, who seem very tired, and there is still four matches left to go!The teams head to Lord's for the second Test, which begins next Wednesday. Will Australia extend their lead? Or can England level it up?
52.2
.
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to fine leg for no runs, fielded by Pattinson.
52.1
.
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to fine leg for no runs, fielded by Lyon.
In over# 52
Runs : 5 Bowler: Nathan Lyon Wickets : 0
Over 52. 5 runs. Bowler: Nathan Lyon. England: 9-146(rr 2.81)
51.6
4
FOUR! Nathan Lyon to James Anderson. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, outside edge past third man for 4 runs, mis-fielded by Smith. Edged again, but it runs along the grass to the third man boundary. No chance for the catch, but it should've been stopped. Split Smith and Warner in the slips.
51.5
1
Nathan Lyon to Chris Woakes. Off break half volley, outside off stump down the track flick, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Siddle.
51.4
.
Nathan Lyon to Chris Woakes. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Paine.
51.3
.
Nathan Lyon to Chris Woakes. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track defending, to short mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Wade.
51.2
.
Nathan Lyon to Chris Woakes. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot flick, to backward square leg for no runs, fielded by Warner.
51.1
.
Nathan Lyon to Chris Woakes. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly mid on for no runs, fielded by Wade.
In over# 51
Runs : 5 Bowler: Peter Siddle Wickets : 0
Over 51. 5 runs. Bowler: Peter Siddle. England: 9-141(rr 2.76)
50.6
1
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Back of a length, outside off stump moves in front Steer, to second slip for 1 run, fielded by Smith.
50.5
4
FOUR! Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, outside edge past third man for 4 runs, dropped catch by Smith. Waft of the bat, edge drawn, but put down at second slip by Smith! He would've expected to hold onto that. It did go quickly and low to his left, but he got two hands to it. Went straight through him to the fence.
50.4
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Length ball, off stump on the front foot pushing, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Pattinson.
50.3
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Pattinson.
50.2
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Siddle.
50.1
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Paine.
In over# 50
Runs : 0 Bowler: Nathan Lyon Wickets : 0
Over 50. no runs. Bowler: Nathan Lyon. England: 9-136(rr 2.72)
49.6
.
Nathan Lyon to James Anderson. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, thick edge to short third man for no runs, fielded by Siddle.
49.5
.
Nathan Lyon to James Anderson. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs, fielded by Head.
49.4
.
Nathan Lyon to James Anderson. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Lyon.
49.3
.
Nathan Lyon to James Anderson. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to short leg for no runs, fielded by Bancroft.
49.2
.
Nathan Lyon to James Anderson. Off break length ball, middle stump on the front foot defending, to silly mid on for no runs, fielded by Lyon.
49.1
.
Nathan Lyon to James Anderson. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs, fielded by Head.
In over# 49
Runs : 0 Bowler: Peter Siddle Wickets : 0
Over 49. no runs. Bowler: Peter Siddle. England: 9-136(rr 2.78)
48.6
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Head.
48.5
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Bancroft.
48.4
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot working, hit pad to short leg for no runs, fielded by Khawaja.
48.3
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to point for no runs, fielded by Bancroft.
48.2
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Bancroft.
48.1
.
Peter Siddle to Chris Woakes. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Paine.
England Men: 374 & 146 ( 135.5 & 52.3 ) overs
Australia Men 284 & 7d-487 ( 80.4 & 112.0 ) overs
Toss - Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
Australia win by 251 runs
RR : 0
CRR : 2.78
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
C Bancroft

c: Root b: Broad

8
25
2
32
D Warner

lbw: Broad

2
14
0
14.29
U Khawaja

c: Bairstow b: Woakes

13
23
2
56.52
S Smith

b: Broad

144
219
16
65.75
T Head

lbw: Woakes

35
61
5
57.38
M Wade

lbw: Woakes

1
5
0
20
T Paine

c: Burns b: Broad

5
14
0
35.71
J Pattinson

lbw: Broad

0
2
0
0
P Cummins

lbw: Stokes

5
10
1
50
P Siddle

c: Buttler b: Ali

44
85
4
51.76
N Lyon

not out

12
26
3
46.15
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
4.0
3
1
0
0.25
22.4
4
86
5
3.79
21.0
2
58
3
2.76
18.0
1
77
1
4.28
13.0
3
42
1
3.23
2.0
1
7
0
3.50
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
R Burns

c: Paine b: Lyon

133
312
17
42.63
J Roy

c: Smith b: Pattinson

10
22
2
45.45
J Root

c&b: Siddle

57
119
6
47.9
J Denly

lbw: Pattinson

18
36
3
50
J Buttler

c: Bancroft b: Cummins

5
10
1
50
B Stokes

c: Paine b: Cummins

50
96
8
52.08
J Bairstow

c: Warner b: Siddle

8
35
1
22.86
M Ali

b: Lyon

0
5
0
0
C Woakes

not out

37
95
1
38.95
S Broad

c: Pattinson b: Cummins

29
67
2
43.28
J Anderson

c: Cummins b: Lyon

3
19
0
15.79
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
33.0
9
84
3
2.55
27.0
3
82
2
3.04
27.0
8
52
2
1.93
43.5
8
112
3
2.56
1.0
0
7
0
7.00
2.0
1
7
0
3.50
2.0
0
9
0
4.50
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
C Bancroft

c: Buttler b: Ali

7
31
1
22.58
D Warner

c: Bairstow b: Broad

8
8
2
100
U Khawaja

c: Bairstow b: Stokes

40
48
6
83.33
S Smith

c: Bairstow b: Woakes

142
207
14
68.6
T Head

c: Bairstow b: Stokes

51
116
6
43.97
M Wade

c: Denly b: Stokes

110
143
17
76.92
T Paine

b: Ali

34
44
2
77.27
J Pattinson

not out

47
48
2
97.92
P Cummins

not out

26
33
2
78.79
Not bat : Peter Siddle,Nathan Lyon
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
22.0
2
91
1
4.14
13.0
1
46
1
3.54
29.0
1
130
2
4.48
12.0
1
50
0
4.17
22.0
5
85
3
3.86
14.0
1
72
0
5.14
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
R Burns

c: Lyon b: Cummins

11
33
1
33.33
J Roy

b: Lyon

28
58
4
48.28
J Root

c: Bancroft b: Lyon

28
57
3
49.12
J Denly

c: Bancroft b: Lyon

11
16
2
68.75
J Buttler

b: Cummins

1
25
0
4
B Stokes

c: Paine b: Lyon

6
28
1
21.43
J Bairstow

c: Bancroft b: Cummins

6
8
1
75
M Ali

c: Warner b: Lyon

4
28
0
14.29
C Woakes

c: Smith b: Cummins

37
54
7
68.52
S Broad

c: Smith b: Lyon

0
1
0
0
J Anderson

not out

4
9
1
44.44
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
12.0
2
28
0
2.33
20.0
5
49
6
2.45
8.0
1
29
0
3.62
11.3
3
32
4
2.78
1.0
1
0
0
0.00

Cameron Bancroft

0 (0)

0(0)

David Warner

0 (0)

Cameron Bancroft

0 (0)

0(0)

Usman Khawaja

0 (0)

Usman Khawaja

0 (0)

0(0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Travis Head

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Matthew Wade

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Tim Paine

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

James Pattinson

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Pat Cummins

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Peter Siddle

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Nathan Lyon

0 (0)

Rory Burns

0 (0)

0(0)

Jason Roy

0 (0)

Rory Burns

0 (0)

0(0)

Joe Root

0 (0)

Rory Burns

0 (0)

0(0)

Joe Denly

0 (0)

Rory Burns

0 (0)

0(0)

Jos Buttler

0 (0)

Rory Burns

0 (0)

0(0)

Ben Stokes

0 (0)

Rory Burns

0 (0)

0(0)

Jonny Bairstow

0 (0)

Jonny Bairstow

0 (0)

0(0)

Moeen Ali

0 (0)

Jonny Bairstow

0 (0)

0(0)

Chris Woakes

0 (0)

Chris Woakes

0 (0)

0(0)

Stuart Broad

0 (0)

Chris Woakes

0 (0)

0(0)

James Anderson

0 (0)

Cameron Bancroft

0 (0)

0(0)

David Warner

0 (0)

Cameron Bancroft

0 (0)

0(0)

Usman Khawaja

0 (0)

Usman Khawaja

0 (0)

0(0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Travis Head

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Matthew Wade

0 (0)

Matthew Wade

0 (0)

0(0)

Tim Paine

0 (0)

Tim Paine

0 (0)

0(0)

James Pattinson

0 (0)

James Pattinson

0 (0)

0(0)

Pat Cummins

0 (0)

Rory Burns

0 (0)

0(0)

Jason Roy

0 (0)

Jason Roy

0 (0)

0(0)

Joe Root

0 (0)

Joe Root

0 (0)

0(0)

Joe Denly

0 (0)

Joe Root

0 (0)

0(0)

Jos Buttler

0 (0)

Jos Buttler

0 (0)

0(0)

Ben Stokes

0 (0)

Ben Stokes

0 (0)

0(0)

Jonny Bairstow

0 (0)

Ben Stokes

0 (0)

0(0)

Moeen Ali

0 (0)

Moeen Ali

0 (0)

0(0)

Chris Woakes

0 (0)

Chris Woakes

0 (0)

0(0)

Stuart Broad

0 (0)

Chris Woakes

0 (0)

0(0)

James Anderson

0 (0)

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