Former Australia Captain Steven Smith smashed two splendid centuries to help Australia beat England by 251 runs in the first Ashes Test to go 1-0 up in the five-match series at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Monday. The defeat will be tough to swallow for Joe Root’s side that had Australia in all sorts of trouble at 122 for 8 on Day 1.
The game started with Australia captain Tim Paine winning the toss and opted to bat first on the first day. The decision proved to be wrong as Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes produced probing spells to see Australia reeling at 122 for 8 after 44 overs.
However, a splendid 144 from Steven Smith and tail-ender Peter Siddle who delivered a gritty 44 runs helped Australia stage a tremendous comeback and end day 1 in a decent position. The side was bundled out for 284 runs in their first innings.
For England, Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers with a five-wicket haul. Chris Woakes also picked up key wickets for the side in this game.
In response, England managed to post a commendable score of 384 runs, courtesy maiden ton from Rory Burns. Opening batsman finished the innings with the top-score of 133 runs off 312 balls with the help of 17 boundaries. Captain Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes chipped in with half-centuries to help the side take lead in the game. Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad added crucial runs to see England take a lead of 90 runs.
Steven Smith smashed two spectacular centuries to help Australia beat England by 251 runs in first Test of five-match series
In the second innings, tables turned drastically in favor of the visitors, who batted well as unit to declare their innings at 487 runs for loss of seven wickets in 112 overs. Captain Steven Smith smashed his second century of the Test match and scored 142 off 207 balls with the help of 14 boundaries.
Wicket-keeper Matthew Wade also produced a spectacular effort with the bat and scored 110 off 143 balls with the help of 17 boundaries. Travis Head, Usman Khuwaja and James Pattinson chipped in with crucial scores to see Australia set England a target of 397 runs to win for victory.
In response, England crumbled in the chase as premier spinner Nathan Lyon picked up six wickets to see Australia complete a comfortable win on Day 5. Pace bowler Pat Cummins also bowled well and picked up four wickets in the second innings.
For his two splendid tons at Edgbaston, Australia Captain Smith was awarded man of the match.