Australia won the first Test of Ashes 2017, played at the Gabba, by ten-wickets despite the competitive first three days of the Test match. Australian openers steadily chased down the target of 170 runs without losing a wicket and secured a ten-wicket win in the very important first match of the Ashes 2017 series.
England team was competitive for the first three days of the match, however, didn’t play well in the second innings of the match in both the batting and bowling areas. In the absence of experienced all-rounder Ben Stokes, there was a huge responsibility on the England top-order batsman Alastair Cook to provide a good platform for the middle order batsmen to build the England innings, but he failed in both the innings of the match. England batting was inconsistent and the top six batters who performed well for them in the first innings failed to deliver the same in the second innings. In the second innings, it was the lower-order batsman alongside the captain Joe Root who managed to provide England with a decent total to defend, but wasn’t a par score. There was a little difference of twenty-six runs between the two sides in the first innings total, but it was the second innings of the match that saw Australia home on the fifth day morning of the first Test match of the Ashes 2017 series.
England bowlers did a good job in restricting Australia to a lead of twenty-six runs in the first innings, however, they missed an opportunity to bundle down Australia for a lesser score in the first innings had they broken the ninety-nine runs partnership of captain Steven Smith with Shaun Marsh. In the second innings, England bowlers didn’t have much on the board to bowl out Australia, however, a ten-wicket win is certainly disappointing for the talented seam bowling group of England.
On the other hand, Australian team started the Ashes with a strong reply to the visitors. They looked in charge for the most parts of the Test, specially in the second innings of the match. Their bowlers cheaply bundled down the visitors for 195 that set the target of 170 runs to chase. The seam bowling group of Australia took fourteen wickets in total and Nathan Lyon took five important wickets in the all-important first Test match of the Ashes series 2017.
Australia batting didn’t do as expected on their home ground in the first innings, however, their openers sealed a crushing ten-wicket win in the first Test match of the series. The openers, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were unbeaten on 87 and 82 runs respectively. David Warner pushed the scoring rate in the later half of the second innings, but couldn’t reach to a century.
England is considered a strong opponent in the Ashes, but Australia wrapped up the first Test match on the morning of the fifth day. England team now is in a challenging situation to come back strongly in the Ashes series.