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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|
Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the 2017-18 Ashes series and maintained its longstanding unbeaten run in Brisbane with a ten-wicket victory over England.
England 302 all out, 195 all out
Australia 328 all out, 0/173
Australia are on the doorsteps of an opening win after pulling away from England on day four of the Gabba Test on Sunday. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of Day 5 at the Gabba from 11am (AEDT).
After three gruelling days of Test match cricket, it remained to be seen if both teams were still up for another such day of going hammer and tongs at each other.
England needed their captain Joe Root to convert his start into an innings like his counterpart played just a day earlier. However, for the second innings in a row, Root fell to an in-dipper, leaving the English side exposed.
Jonny Bairstow’s batting number came for questioning for the second time in the game after Nathan Lyon’s off-spin made life miserable for the England left-handed batsmen but what would worry the management even more was their lower-order collapse.
In the first innings, England lost 6/56 after having gotten themselves to a reasonable position. On day four, their last five wickets fell for a mere 40 runs, after having reached 5/155 at one stage.
Batting against aggressive pace was an issue even during their previous Ashes series but on a lot more docile surface and against a bowling line-up that hasn’t lived up to the menacing hype from before the game, it would hurt even more.
What was even more surprising was the sudden loss of their positive body language after setting Australia a target of 170. It wasn’t the most difficult total to chase down for the hosts but small chases have often proven to be tricky on day four pitches.
Instead, England failed to get close to sending either of the Aussie openers back – there was barely an appeal – and saw the pair mount 114 for the opening wicket. Debutant Cameron Bancroft completed his maiden fifty after David Warner had done the same earlier.
Come the final day, it’s a mere formality for Australia to go 1-0 up but can England set the tone for what can be expected from them in the rest of the series?
Australia to complete the formalities in the first hour of the day’s play without losing more than one wicket in their chase.
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