Australian has gained the upper hand over England, winning the first Ashes Test. It was a landslide in Brisbane, sending the Poms back to square one, wondering what is necessary to stay alive.
David Warner and Cameron Bancroft showed every sign of being a formidable opening combination and Mitchell Starc lived up to his billing.
The Poms’ plan to keep Australia from having any breathing space did not supply the desired dividends and they have some serious soul-searching to do before they take the pitch in Adelaide with the pressing issue of what to do until when and if bar brawler Ben Stokes can get on the ground in Perth.
When the first Test resumes, the Aussies need just 56 runs to take a 1 – 0 advantage in the series. Warner and Bancroft took up their bats with a close target of just 170. They quickly bashed a ton, the first of their new partnership.
The onslaught left England reeling, with a frustrated Jimmy Anderson and a damaged Moeen Ali.
Starc summed things up succinctly, “It was a great day,” Starc said.
“There’s still a long way to go in the series but the first Test is huge.If we can knock off these 56 runs it puts us in a very strong position heading to Adelaide.England have to chase us from now on.”
Steve Smith had his expected 100, which provided a spur the Aussies needed, but the truly impressive part of the affair has been that many players have made big contributions.
England looked threatening early on Sunday, passing 50, courtesy of Captain Joe Root, before the sides broke for lunch, but Josh Hazlewood seemed to put his inconsistency behind him when he took care of Root.
More positive developments followed when Tim Paine off Nathan Lyon held Ali to 40.
Starc came on and took three wickets with 10 balls.