The Ashes 2019: Steve Smith leads Australia to a victory against England
Steven Smith led his team to one of the great victories of recent times in Test cricket. England have been beaten by 251 runs at Edgbaston (Birmingham) after 5 years while the visitors got their first win in Ashes at the venue since 2001. Australia chose to have a bat first in the first Ashes Test match at Edgbaston against England. They found themselves in massive trouble when Stuard Broad was leading the hosts’ bowling attack in the absence of James Anderson.
England were on top of Australian team, when the visitors were 8 for 122 but it was one of three returnees, Steve Smith who rescued his team, he was aided by Travis Head and Pete Siddle. Smith looked so comfortable against all the England’s bowlers. He played his natural game on Day 1 of the Test match in Brimingham.
Former Australian captain scored a very well compiled hundred on his return to red ball cricket. His 144 led his team to a very good first innings total of 284. Peter Siddle and Travis Head helped him to keep Australia alive in the match. Stuart Broad was the England’s main man with the ball as he took his 17th five wicket-haul in Test cricket.
In reply, England lost Jason Roy early to James Pattinson. Captain Joe Root and opener Rory Burns built a very strong partnership but Root faced a similar problem of not converting a fifty into a hundred. He was caught by Siddle off his own bowling. Burns scored a beautiful first century in Tests. Vice-captain Ben Stokes also struck half-century for his side.
England were bowled out for 374, after a handy partnership of Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes. Patrick Cummins and Nathan Lyon took three wickets apiece for Austrlia. Australia started their 2nd innings with 90 runs behind of England.
Australia looked more settled this time around and Usman Khawaja scored a quick 40 runs which helped them to put England under the pump. Chasing was always going to be difficult for the hosts as rough patches were looking obvious weapons for Lyon. It was Steven Smith who stood again for Australia and scored his twin hundred in the first Test.
Smith scored centuries in both innings of a Test for the first time. Matthew Wade, who returned to the side as a genuine batsman, also score a fantastic ton. Travis Head made a solid fifty earlier. Australia declared their innings on 487/7, Smith was the top scorer again with 142.
England were asked to chase 398 by Australia in the first Ashes Test. They lost their centurion of the first innings early to Pat Cummins. England found themselves at 97/7 before Chris Woakes taking them to a final score of 146. England were always going to struggle facing Nathon Lyon in fourth innings. That’s exactly what happened as he went through them, though he was supported well by No.1 rank bowler of the World, Patrick Cummins.
Nathan Lyon took six-fer while Cummins managed to grab another 4 wickets. Spinner took 9 wickets of England and fast bowler remained the second best with 7 wickets in the match. Australia’s Steve Smith was named Man of the Match.