Ashes 2021-22, 1st Test: At the end of the third day of the first Test, there were hopes that England might end up posting a substantial total on the fourth day of the Test and set a formidable total to chase. However, it wasn’t to be as Joe Root and Co. were bowled out for 297 runs inside the first session of the day.
Before the new ball was taken, both Root and Dawid Malan were back into the hut. Nathan Lyon, ended his wait to pick 400 wickets as he got the breakthrough of Malan and helped Australia pick the first wicket of the day.
Chris Green then sent Root back to the pavilion to put England on the backfoot. Lyon then picked the wicket of Ollie Pope in the next over to leave Stokes and Buttler to do the rest of the job.
Stokes showed some defiance and played 49 balls. But Cummins ensured he doesn’t go on to score big. The southpaw got out after scoring 14 off 49 balls. Jos Buttler looked positive for his 23 off 39 but, once again, couldn’t convert the start into a big score.
Chris Woakes added 16 runs to the total but none of the other batsmen in the tail made a significant contribution. Robinson and Mark Wood got out on 8 and 6 respectively. Young Green then picked the final wicket to dismiss England for 297 runs in the second innings. This meant Australia needed only 20 runs to win the first Test and go 1-0 up in the series. Australia lost one wicket before chasing it down in 5.1 overs. Travis Head won the Player of the Match award for his brilliant century under pressure.
The second Test is scheduled to be played at Adelaide Oval from 16th December to 20th December 2021.
Brief Scores: Australia 425 and 1 for 20 (Harris 9*, Robinson 1-13) beat England 147 and 297 (Root 89, Malan 82, Lyon 4-91) by nine wickets