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Men’s Ashes 2021: Australia wins the 1st Test

Australia take 1-0 lead in the on-going Ashes series with a convincing win at The Gabba.

A few days before the Test match, Tim Paine stepped down from captaincy and Pat Cummins took over. In his first assignment as captain, Cummins had managed to give his team a massive win. The match saw the return of Head to the playing eleven while Carey was awarded the debut cap.

The Test began with a beautiful delivery from Mitchell Starc to dismiss Rory Burns. Josh Hazlewood picked up two quick wickets next, removing Dawid Malan and Joe Root.

While Starc dismissed Buttler, Cummins ran through the top and middle order, grabbed five wickets. In the end, England made just 147.

Australia began their first innings strongly with David Warner and Marcus Labuschagne sharing 156-run partnership between them. Warner made 94 while Labuschagne got out for 74. When Smith got out, it looked like England were back on top. However, Travis Head had different ideas. Playing his first Test in a while, Head made an attacking century, ended with 152 from 148 deliveries. He got good support from lower order batters, especially Mitchell Starc. The team made 425.

Unlike first innings, England did show some resistance in the second innings but it wasn’t enough to stop the Australia. Root and Malan made fifty respectively. Lyon was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to his name. He also finally got to his 400th wicket in this format. England gave a target of 19 runs to Australia.

The hosts went on to win the game with ease to take the 1st Test.

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