Australia vs England: The Ashes highlights, live scores, blog – 1st Test, Day 1

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    Australia v England

    Brisbane Cricket Ground, November 23-27, 2017

    1st Test - Australia v England Test Series 2017/2018

    England 1st Inn 302 all out
    Australia 1st Inn 328 all out
    England 2nd Inn 195 all out
    Australia 2nd Inn 0/173
    England won the toss and elected to bat.
    Australia win by 10 wickets
    Australia Over: 50.0  RR: 2.97
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    C.T. Bancroft 82 182 10 1 45.05
    D.A. Warner* 87 119 10 0 73.11
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    C.R. Woakes 11.0 1 46 0 4.18
    J.E. Root* 6.0 1 17 0 2.83

    The Ashes are finally here. Australia go in as heavy favourites, but England will be no pushover in the biggest cricket series on the calendar. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of Day 1 at the Gabba from 11am (AEDT).

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    The time for talk about selections, form and Sheffield Shield cricket is over. It’s now time to stand up or fall down, with the first Test crucial in the series, especially with the unpredictable day-night Test to follow in Adelaide.

    Australia go in at the Gabba as heavy favourites, and it’s not hard to see why. They haven’t lost any of their last 28 Tests at the venue and have only been beaten by England four times out of 20 attempts.

    It’s an amazing record, yet Australia’s selections and form aren’t confidence-inspiring. While Usman Khawaja has reeled off some strong Shield performances, David Warner has struggled and is now hampered by a neck injury, Cameron Bancroft is on debut and Steve Smith has been scratchy at best for New South Wales.

    Peter Handscomb’s poor start to the summer has been swept under the carpet, and then there’s the selections of Shaun Marsh and Tim Paine, neither of which make a great deal of sense.

    Australia’s bowling attack is their strength, with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood ready to strike fear into the English batsmen in much the same way Mitchell Johnson did during the last home Ashes series. But no fifth bowling option to complement the spin of Nathan Lyon only asks more questions of the selectors.

    England aren’t without their own problems, though. They have been poor in their tour games, struggling to get on top of a Cricket Australia XI side in Townsville.

    It’s little surprise. Running down their batting order, the only players which will fill you with confidence are Alastair Cook and Joe Root, with youngsters filling the rest of their order.

    Jonny Bairstow will be under pressure behind the sticks, as will first choice spinner Moeen Ali, who is widely tipped to struggle in Australian conditions.

    New ball bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson will be the key to their Ashes charge. If they can strike early and expose Australia’s vulnerable middle order, then England will be on top early in the match.

    Australia should win this first Test. In fact, at their fortress, they should win convincingly. It’s hard to see England putting up much of a fight, but there is a real element of the unknown. A good start from Anderson and Broad might put the Aussies under pressure.

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    • 2:51am
      Tanmoy Kar said | 2:51am | ! Report

      England will end-up scoring around 350 in the first innings.

    • 12:07am
      James F said | 12:07am | ! Report

      We won’t be able to tell who stands better until around lunchtime tomorrow, I don’t think.

      If England look set to get somewhere near double their current score, then it’s their advantage, batting first with runs on the board and heavy pressure on more than one member of the Australian top 7. If, on the other hand, they fold up for around 250-280, Australia are going to have to bat spectacularly badly to let what would be a very strong position slip.

      The tactics and strategies are already fascinating – England are clearly taking the long view and hoping to take the game as deep as possible and expose the four-man Aussie bowling line-up to as much work as they can. Will be very interesting to see how well the Aussie physios have done their job on the recently fragile physiques of a couple of the attack, who could have bowled around thirty overs apiece by the time they get off the field. Having said that, I like the way that Australia accepted trench warfare for the day, instead of trying to blast the oppo out; there was some good thinking going on out there, particularly in the second half of the day.

      One thing I’ve noticed, having had a look at long-range forecasts for Brisbane for the next few days (thousands of miles away, admittedly), is that there seems to be the threat of thunderstorms on at least two of the four scheduled remaining days. Would any of you lot who live a bit closer to the ground be able to confirm or deny this? How bad might it get – I still remember that Biblical deluge that wrote off a Gabba Test about twenty years ago and wonder whether we might be in for something similar?

      • Roar Guru

        Rellum said | 3:37am | ! Report

        Storms are not a concern, they happen all the time. Just means we loose an hour or so if one does come along. The ground staff know when one is coming and make sure the pitch is covered plus the ground drains in no time.

        The weather has been quite cool for this time of year so any storms will probably lack the energy to get really big. The only day I can see with any storm forecasts is the last day as well so I don’t they will be an issue.

        • 4:32am
          James F said | 4:32am | ! Report

          Cheers, rellum. In that case, as you were – positive result one way or another is most likely and we should know the direction of travel after a couple of hours of Day 2.

    • 8:49pm
      David said | 8:49pm | ! Report

      In my view, a disappointing day for Australia. With only 4 bowlers, England’s plan was clearly to wear them down for this game and the series – they succeeded with this (losing only 4 wickets). Also disappointed with the wicket – not good for a day one wicket at the Gabba (and don’t give me excuses about the weather).
      Paine will need to lift his game, that was a straight forward catch for a test keeper (Wade wouldn’t have caught it but Neville would – not sure about other contenders but they are not test standard yet). Hazelwood had an average day but we can forgive him for one or two as he’s been one of the best for a while.
      We need early wickets tomorrow as runs will flow quicker if the middle order gets set.
      From here, England could be all out for 280 or 6/450 at tea.

      • Roar Guru

        Rellum said | 9:22pm | ! Report

        Here is an article from Chris Hartley from a few years ago now talking about the pitch.

        It seems relevant to today’s wicket. I think what Harts is describing is more a thing of this century because I seem to remember a few Shield decks that were green and hard in the 80’s and 90’s. Maybe it was different from the stands and TV than being out there though.

        • 9:56pm
          AJ said | 9:56pm | ! Report

          David is an A grade wacker, but he has a point about 4 bowlers, it is a big worry, particularly at Adelaide, etc.

          Great link Rellum. What I saw today was fast bowlers bowling too short, not bouncers, just 1-2 metres.

    • 8:43pm
      Doctor Rotcod said | 8:43pm | ! Report

      With Joe Root back in the shed, Australia are in front.
      Malan is more important than Ali as he’s made more runs in Aus and Ali is underdone.
      Bairstow and Woakes are hot and cold. The slowness of the scoring isn’t because of bowler’s accuracy or threat-Lyon aside- so there will be perceived pressure to score .
      I thought Starc was as ineffectual as Hazlewood .He just didn’t bowl where he had to be hit,so he was treated with respect when maybe he didn’t need to be.Cook just looked like a standing wicket so no great treasure there.

    • 8:28pm
      Pope Paul VII said | 8:28pm | ! Report

      Two first timer englanders in Australia scoring 50 on first attempt? Wonder when that last happened? Sailor Malan could make it a third.

    • 8:25pm
      Pope Paul VII said | 8:25pm | ! Report


    • Roar Guru

      Edward L'Orange said | 7:27pm | ! Report

      Good day of test cricket, I’d say. England a bit in front, but not by too much.

      Best for England. Vince and Stoneman. Two supposed bunnies proving people wrong.

      Worst for England. Cookie. Needs to do heaps to make up for that one.

      Best for Aussies: Cummins. Proved tireless and clever, weaselling out wickets when his pace was not doing the trick.

      Worst for Aussies. Hazlewood. Paine’s drop besides, Hazlewood wasn’t up to his usual high standard.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me today on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2017-18 Ashes series as Australia and England go to stumps on Day 1 with honours even.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage today.

      My involvement in the first Test is over, but Suneer Chowdhary will be in the chair for Day 2, 3, 4 and 5 to bring you the remainder of this match from Brisbane. Be sure to join him from 10:30am (AEDT) tomorrow morning, noting we have a half an hour earlier start.

      I’ll be live tomorrow with other Australian teams – the Kangaroos in the Rugby League World Cup against Fiji from 8pm (AEDT) and the Boomers in the Basketball World Cup Qualifiers against Chinese Taipei from 10:45pm (AEDT).

      Otherwise, I’ll see you for the second Test in Adelaide.

      Bye for now.

    • Columnist

      Ronan O'Connell said | 7:23pm | ! Report

      Good day of cricket that.

      Australia ahead given this is a road of a pitch and 428 has been the average scoring batting first here over the previous five Tests.

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 7:25pm | ! Report

        First hour tomorrow will tell us a lot. I think conditions for batting will really improve. Ali and Bairstow the key, because I can’t see Malan lasting long. A minor miracle he made it to stumps Ronan.

        • 7:51pm
          Andy said | 7:51pm | ! Report

          Unfair on Malan. Looked solid and put the bad ball away.

          • Columnist

            Ronan O'Connell said | 7:56pm | ! Report

            Yeah I actually thought Malan looked pretty good

            • Roar Guru

              Scott Pryde said | 8:02pm | ! Report

              Put the bad ball away sure, but for mine was stuck on the crease far too often. Reckon he will get found out tomorrow morning against the new ball.

        • 10:26pm
          Worlds Biggest said | 10:26pm | ! Report

          I reckon honours are even, can’t understand why a road of a pitch was prepared with our bowling lineup. This was not a typical Gabba wicket where there is usually something decent for the bowlers, still may happen in the next day or two. Good hard fought day of toil by both teams.

    • Roar Guru

      Rellum said | 7:22pm | ! Report

      I missed the last half hour or so, but Aus did not bowl that well for the first half of the day apart from Lyon who was fantastic on a slow turning pitch… the Gabba.

      Last 30 odd mins before tea Lyon and Cummins put together a great spell that turned the tide. Along with a new ball we started to really bowl well and now are back in the game.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the day’s play Roarers?

      • Roar Guru

        Ryan H said | 7:34pm | ! Report

        Interesting isn’t it that of their bats today, it was the unknowns doing the scoring; the ones we were all unsure of before the series, and the known star batsmen in Cook and Root failing to contribute.

      • 9:25pm
        Simon said | 9:25pm | ! Report

        Fascinating in some parts, the rain and a slower pitch led it to be a duller in others. As the pitch sped up though the last session was great cricket, and I can’t wait for tomorrow. Lyno and Cummins bowling excellently

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:21pm | ! Report


      Bowler name Overs Maidens Wickets Runs
      Mitchell Starc 19.3 4 1 45
      Josh Hazlewood 18 4 51
      Pat Cummins 19 6 2 59
      Nathan Lyon 24 9 40
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