Ashes 2017-18: Australia go one-nil up in Ashes with comfortable victory

Steve Smith’s men beat England by 10 wickets in first Test of five-match series

Australia crushed England by 10 wickets in the first Ashes Test to go 1-0 up in the five0-match series at The Gabba on Monday. The defeat will be a hard one for visitors, as they were well and truly in the game up until the third evening.

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The game started with England captain Joe Root winning the toss and opted to bat first on the first day, where rain dominated the play. However, a true master class from James Vince (92) and half-century from youngster Mark Stoneman put England in commanding position at the end of first day’s play with the score of 196-4.

But Australia fought back the next day, courtesy pacer Mitchell Starc and off-spinner Nathan Lyon, as England lost their last wickets for 56 runs and were bowled out for 302.

In response, Australia’s start was disastrous to say the least, as the hosts lost their first four wickets at the score of 76, but from there on, it was all Steve Smith’s show. Australia’s captain scored his 21st Test century to help his side post 328, which result in slight first innings lead of 26.

In the second innings, tables turned drastically in favour of the home side, as visitors failed to put up any real resistance and were bowled out for just 195, courtesy brilliant bowling from pacers Starc, Josh Hazlewood and off-spinner Lyon — setting Kangaroos target of 170 to take early lead in the series. Captain Root was the only batsman to put up some real fight, as he scored 51.

In response, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft made easy work of the target and chase it down without losing a wicket. Both openers remained unbeaten on 87 and 82 respectively.

For his outstanding century in the first innings, Australia captain Smith was awarded man of the match.

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