About the Match
Australia defeated England by a massive 381 runs and took 1-0 lead in this 5-match test series; ending their dry spell in this format of the game. The Aussies dominated with both bat and ball whereas the visitors struggled to score runs, suffering a humiliating loss. The upcoming 2nd test will see a different team composition on the English side as it looks to strengthen its batting whereas Australia is most likely retain the same winning combination. This will be a fierce contest as both sides will try to dominate the other, right from the word go.
The team put up some brilliant performances to win the first test of this Ashes series; ending a string of disappointing test series and giving the players a much required boost. Mitchell Johnson’s heroic efforts landed him the extraordinary bowling figures of 9-103 in the match that saw him demolishing the England batting line-up and exerting his supremacy with the ball; Harris and Lyon provided good support too. Johnson also contributed well with the bat especially in the 1st innings as he partnered with Haddin to put up a brilliant 114-run stand for the 7th wicket at a stage when Australia was in totters. Centuries from Warner and Clarke in the 2nd innings and half-centuries in by Haddin in both innings ensured a huge win for the Aussies by 381 runs; this win has been a great positive for the team and they will look to repeat their winning performance here.
The bowlers were in command as Broad destructed the Australian top order and ending up with a figure of 6-81 in the 1st innings. Anderson and Tremlett gave good support, restricting Australia to 295 runs; a target that the batsmen were confident to reach easily. However they collapsed after the fall of Alistair Cook in the 11th over and though Carberry tried to build the innings, he lacked any kind of support from the other end and they were dismissed for 136 runs. In the 2nd innings, though the bowlers tried to contain the Aussies, they weren’t successful enough and gave away too many runs. The batsmen failed yet again and couldn’t face the powerful Aussie attack; they were all out for just 179. This has been a massive and shocking defeat for the team and some changes have been duly made; Gary Balance is likely to replace Trott, who left due to illness and Tim Bresnan will be joining the bowling squad. The players will have to put this defeat behind them and gear up to perform better this time.
Australia has made a huge comeback with their superb performance and it’s looking forward to score another emphatic win against their arch rivals; England on the other hand wants to avenge its humiliating loss in the 1st test and will put up a tough fight this time. However, the Aussies who not only have the home advantage but are also more confident than their opponents are better placed to come up with another exhilarating win here.
Australia, 2.62 @ Bet365