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England Vs Australia, Ashes 2019, 1st Test Match at Birmingham, Day 1: As it Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 2, 2019, 2:21 PM IST

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1st Test TEST, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 01 August, 2019

Australia

284/10

(80.4) RR 3.52

v/s
England

374/10

(135.5) RR 2.75

Australia beat England by 251 runs

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 23:27 (IST)

    No damages for England. Jason Roy and Rory Burns survive the two overs. That'll be stumps on Day 1. If the rest of the series is as interesting as the way it has begun, we're in for a delight! England dominate in the first two sessions, before Australia rising in the third. The day belongs to Steve Smith, who leads Australia out of the ground to a standing ovation from the crowd. Start with boos, end with cheers. Brilliant. 

  • 23:07 (IST)

    Bowled 'im! Broad gets Smith, finally. That's his fifth wicket. Smith swings across the line and misses a straight one. He runs away to the dressing room immediately. Australia end with 284 - that's a terrific comeback given they were 122 for 8. All thanks to Smith!

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Steve Smith is back to Test cricket in the most stunning manners possible. 100 No. 24. The best Test batsman in the world? He gets there driving Stokes through covers for a boundary. He's emotional. Takes his time to decide what to do. Then kisses his bat and shows it to his dressing room, where the players are up on their feet. Sections of the crowd boo - that's terrible. This is champion stuff from a champion batsman.

  • 22:00 (IST)

    Yes, Moeen can! He gets Peter Siddle for 44. Bowls from around the stump, gets it to turn in a bit and bounce too. Siddle is drawn forward to defend but gets an inside edge to short leg. Sharp catch from Buttler, Australia 210/9.

  • 21:40 (IST)

    Australia are taking every run they can, and that nearly runs out Smith. He dives to make it in for a quick single, and in the process hurts his wrist. Nothing major though. Australia 198/8 at drinks.

  • 21:24 (IST)

    There are some issues with the shape of the ball, but the partnership is gradually taking Australia towards 200. Siddle looking quite comfortable now. 179/8

  • 21:12 (IST)

    Partnership between Siddle and Smith is now 50. Smith is trusting Siddle now, rotating strike fearlessly. Siddle is showing his experience too, not doing anything stupid but taking every scoring opportunity. 172/8.

23:27 (IST)

No damages for England. Jason Roy and Rory Burns survive the two overs. That'll be stumps on Day 1. If the rest of the series is as interesting as the way it has begun, we're in for a delight! England dominate in the first two sessions, before Australia rising in the third. The day belongs to Steve Smith, who leads Australia out of the ground to a standing ovation from the crowd. Start with boos, end with cheers. Brilliant. 

23:21 (IST)

One over survived. One more to go.

23:17 (IST)

Four slips, a gully. Pat Cummins to Rory Burns, with Jason Roy at the other end.

23:09 (IST)

A quick 10-minute break, and England will have a tricky few overs to negotiate. Pressure on them for the rest of the evening.

23:07 (IST)

Bowled 'im! Broad gets Smith, finally. That's his fifth wicket. Smith swings across the line and misses a straight one. He runs away to the dressing room immediately. Australia end with 284 - that's a terrific comeback given they were 122 for 8. All thanks to Smith!

23:04 (IST)

New ball not yet taken. The first ball of the over from Broad goes for a six over deep mid wicket, Smith smashing it across the line. 

23:02 (IST)

Lyon survives, which means the second new ball will be available now.

23:02 (IST)

One of the shots of the session...from Lyon! Woakes pitches it up, Lyon comes forward and drives perfectly through mid off for a boundary. Australia cross 275!

22:59 (IST)

One more over to go for the second new ball. It seemed a distant way away not too long ago. 

22:52 (IST)

Nine fielders near the rope for Smith! Reminder: Australia were 122/8 at one stage today.

22:48 (IST)

Even Lyon collects a boundary. Australia 267/9. This is becoming a very good total!

22:39 (IST)

250 up for Australia with a Steve Smith boundary over mid-on off Woakes. Who would have thought?! This is a stunning innings from Smith and it only gets better.

22:35 (IST)

A boundary off an inside edge. A boundary off a straight lofted drive. But he can't keep strike. Australia 248/9 with Lyon on strike next over.

22:32 (IST)

An appeal for lbw v Smith, and Root calls for the review. Inside edge? Going down leg? Latter. Review lost for England. 

22:31 (IST)

Smith continues to farm strike, and finds the boundary off Moeen to take Australia to 240. Stuart Broad in now.

22:24 (IST)

Steve Smith is back to Test cricket in the most stunning manners possible. 100 No. 24. The best Test batsman in the world? He gets there driving Stokes through covers for a boundary. He's emotional. Takes his time to decide what to do. Then kisses his bat and shows it to his dressing room, where the players are up on their feet. Sections of the crowd boo - that's terrible. This is champion stuff from a champion batsman.

22:20 (IST)

Smith gives Lyon two balls to negotiate off Moeen, and he does that well. Smith on 99 now, facing Stokes!

22:17 (IST)

Lyon survives, hands over to Smith. And Smith tonks Moeen for a six first ball. He moves to 98...

22:12 (IST)

Moeen prevents Smith from taking a single in the last ball, which means Lyon has to face Stokes. Will he survive?

22:09 (IST)

Now it's all about whether Smith can farm strike and get to his century, while extending the score. He does that well in the over from Stokes to take strike for Moeen Ali's over.

22:00 (IST)

Yes, Moeen can! He gets Peter Siddle for 44. Bowls from around the stump, gets it to turn in a bit and bounce too. Siddle is drawn forward to defend but gets an inside edge to short leg. Sharp catch from Buttler, Australia 210/9.

21:58 (IST)

Just the two overs for Denly. England switch to Moeen Ali. He's wicketless from his nine overs so far. Can he break this stand?

21:45 (IST)

Signs of England frustration? Legspinner Joe Denly into the attack. He begins with a maiden to Siddle after the drinks break.

21:40 (IST)

Australia are taking every run they can, and that nearly runs out Smith. He dives to make it in for a quick single, and in the process hurts his wrist. Nothing major though. Australia 198/8 at drinks.

21:28 (IST)

Ben Stokes comes into the attack, and Ben Stokes continues to leak runs. Two boundaries, one each for Siddle and Smith, takes Australia to 190/8.

21:24 (IST)

There are some issues with the shape of the ball, but the partnership is gradually taking Australia towards 200. Siddle looking quite comfortable now. 179/8

21:12 (IST)

Partnership between Siddle and Smith is now 50. Smith is trusting Siddle now, rotating strike fearlessly. Siddle is showing his experience too, not doing anything stupid but taking every scoring opportunity. 172/8.

21:03 (IST)

Peter Siddle drives Stuart Broad for a gorgeous boundary, and rain makes an appearance. The cover comes on, but even as the groundsmen walk in, the rain stops. Steve Smith and Peter Siddle have run off the field at the first given opportunity, but they have to walk back in almost immediately! Boos around the stadium again...

20:57 (IST)

Siddle now faces an entire over from Chris Woakes. Begins with a boundary through mid wicket and then settles down for five dots. Smith to face next over, as a few drops of rain come down.

20:53 (IST)

The action has begun. Peter Siddle faces the entire over from Stuart Broad. He collects five runs, and even keeps strike! Good decision or too risky? We'll wait and see.

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England Vs Australia, Ashes 2019, 1st Test Match at Birmingham, Day 1: As it Happened

England vs Australia, Latest Updates: No damages for England. Jason Roy and Rory Burns survive the two overs. That'll be stumps on Day 1. If the rest of the series is as interesting as the way it has begun, we're in for a delight! England dominate in the first two sessions, before Australia rising in the third. The day belongs to Steve Smith, who leads Australia out of the ground to a standing ovation from the crowd. Start with boos, end with cheers. Brilliant.

PREVIEW: We're almost there, all set to take an important step towards preservation, and hopefully growth, of Test cricket. The ICC World Test Championship begins on August 1, with England taking on Australia at the Ashes opener in Birmingham. The World Test Championship has been introduced to add context to bilateral series. Ironically, if at all there is one Test series that hardly needs any context, it's the Ashes. Test Championship or not, neither side needs motivation when they meet each other. In fact, this is the series that the two countries are obsessed with, to the extent that they even plan their entire calendars around the Ashes. The Test Championship is bonus context - the maximum of 120 points to be gained from the five Tests could prove useful later on.

England and Australia come into the series with mixed run of forms in Test cricket. England are of course on a high after the World Cup win, but their Test run hasn't been ideal. They had a scare against Ireland last week, when they were bowled out for just 85 on the first day at Lord's. They did bounce back to win the game, but would have learned that it's important to move on from the World Cup euphoria. Such are the times that the players don't even get to celebrate such a massive achievement for too long. In some ways, the Ireland game came at the perfect time for England. It was a wake-up call, without costing them too much embarrassment in terms of result. Prior to the Ireland game and the World Cup, England had another reversal in their Test fortunes when they lost to West Indies 1-2 away from home. They are No. 4 in the ICC rankings for Test teams.

England's white-ball mantra in the last four years has meant the red-ball cricket has taken a slight back-seat. Now that the World Cup has been won, Ashley Giles, the managing director of England men's cricket, said they would once again redress the balance between the two formats. England's Test game is once again set to be prioritised, and the Ashes is a good time to begin. England are also willing to take inputs from one format into another. Jason Roy and Jofra Archer have found places in the squad for the first Test on the back of terrific World Cup form. They do have good first-class numbers, Archer in particular, but it's the World Cup that has put them in the limelight. Archer hasn't made it to the XI for the first game, but Roy is set for his Ashes debut. Most importantly for England, James Anderson has been passed fit.

Australia too have been on and off in Test cricket. More off than on, actually. Since the last Ashes, which they won 4-0 in Australia, they have lost to South Africa and Pakistan away and to India for the first time ever at home. Their only series win since the last Ashes came at home against Sri Lanka earlier this year. Plenty has happened in the time between the two Ashes as far as Australian cricket is concerned. The tour of South Africa threw their game into turmoil, with Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft suspended for ball-tampering. They were on a never-ending downward slide, which was stopped somewhat only in recent times before and during the World Cup. The ODI side has begun a revival, and Australia's challenge now is to stop the turmoil in their Test side. The good news is that they've got their best team back, with the trio returning to action. How rusty they will be, and how they'll cope with the not-so-warm reception by the English crowd, remains to be seen.

The return of the three means Australia have something they aren't used to in recent times - a problem of plenty. They've had to make some tough selection calls in recent times, and have a 17-player touring party for the five matches. They are even willing to take some tough selections in the XI, with them all set to even drop Mitchell Starc if needed. Australia are yet to announce their XI - they need all the time to decide on the same. The most important change in recent times though is the manner in which they're playing the game. Known for aggression and sledging, Australia have toned down in recent times. So much so that they were even said to be 'soft'. A lot of that is to do with Tim Paine, the captain, leading the way. Can they stick to that against their arch rivals in the most important series?

England XI: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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