England lose the first test of Ashes 2019 after Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins wreak havoc on Day 5.
ASHES 2019: FIRST TEST DAY 5
ENGLAND: 146 in 52.3 Overs
Chris Woakes: 37(54) | Joe Root: 28(57)
Nathan Lyon: 6/49 | Pat Cummins: 4/32
Ashes 2019, First Test, Day 5: 45 overs is all what it took for the Aussie bowlers to wrap the match up on the final day. Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins combined to clean up the whole of England’s batting line up.
Having started their day on 13/0, all their overnight plans of taking the game deep and then, adjusting accordingly went for a toss.
The backlash started as early as the third over itself. First innings centurion, Rory Burns was dismissed by Pat Cummins with a delivery that took off from a length. Joe Root and Jason Roy then put up a stand of 41 runs. However, Lyon in the span of 8 overs picked both of them, and also an additional wicket in the form of Joe Denly.
Nathan Lyon was lethal from the word go, as the pitch assisted him more than anyone else. He took full advantage of the rough created by the pacers.
The middle-order and the lower middle-order showed no sign of resistance as Lyon and Pat Cummins ripped through them. Jos Buttler for (1) was dismissed by a delivery which refused to raise, by Pat Cummins.
MIDDLE ORDER COLLAPSE
Ben Stokes for (6), Jonny Bairstow for (6) and Moeen Ali for (4) were all brushed aside by the Aussie duo. None of the batsmen showed any kind of application on a pitch that misbehaved often.
Chris Woakes showed some fight as he tried to delay the inevitable win for the Aussies. His 37 run knock was the highest of the England innings.
Number 9 top-scoring for the team indicates the way the mainstream batsmen have played. However, Chris Woakes could only do so much as he awkwardly tried to fend at a snorter from Pat Cummins, and was dismissed in the process.
Australia take the early lead in the 5 match series with a convincing victory. Steve Smith, the savior for Australia has righteously been adjudged the Player of the Match for his twin centuries. However, Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins landed the final blow for England in the first test of Ashes 2019.
Congratulatory tweets poured in from all around the globe as Australia went 1-0 up against England. Let us have a look at a few tweets:
Late in tweeting….what an astonishing turnaround by Aus. 128/8 on day-1. Conceding first innings lead and then Winning it on day-5. They say batsmen don’t win you Tests….Steve Smith has won one more for his team. #TheAshes
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 5, 2019
I think we should just celebrate @stevesmith49 and enjoy watching him enrich batsmanship rather than begin comparing him to other contemporary cricketers. In our obsession with comparisons we dilute joy
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 4, 2019
I love The Ashes.
The pulse, the swings of dominance, the pressed whites, the intensity amongst the players,the red ball, English crowds at home or away. This is the pinnacle. Merely a sport… no… The Gentleman’s War.#Australia #Ashes19
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 4, 2019
Lyon King has been a treat to watch
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 5, 2019
— Jordan Pascoe (@jordanpascoe8) August 5, 2019
Wow! What a result for Australia!
So happy for Steve Smith…his dream come back ending with a win. As for Lyon, a predictable winning spell in the last innings from a great bowler. 👏👏👏👍#Ashes19 #cricketAus
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 5, 2019
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