Sunday 24 November 2013 

Australia Hand England Brisbane Battering

Australia celebrate
Australian players celebrate their 381-run win over England
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Australia 295 & 401-7 dec. (Warner 124) beat
England 136 & 179 (Johnson 5-42) by 381 runs
First Ashes Test, Brisbane
Scorecard | Day One | Day Two | Day Three

Resistance was futile. Australia wrapped up a 381-run win over England in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane as Mitchell Johnson took five for 42.

Having been set 561 to win, and starting the day on 24 for two, England were bowled out for 179 in their second innings to go down to their heaviest Ashes defeat since the Brisbane Test in 2002.

Alastair Cook made 65 but only three other batsmen reached double figures as Johnson, Ryan Harris (2-49), Nathan Lyon (2-46) and Peter Siddle (1-25) held sway.

After Cook faced 195 balls at the top of the order, showing the sort of application that was required, Kevin Pietersen hit 26, Ian Bell 32 and Joe Root was unbeaten on 26 as England went from 130 for three to 179 all out, losing seven wickets for 49 runs.

While it was not quite as dramatic as their loss of six wickets for nine runs in the first innings, it was no less emphatic, and ensured Australia hurried to the expected victory rather than being made to fight for it as England would have liked.

Matthew Prior (4), Stuart Broad (4), Graeme Swann (0), Chris Tremlett (7) and James Anderson (2) all fell for single-figures scores as the end came quickly and Australia could celebrate their first Test win since January - having subsequently lost all four in India and three of the five in England this year - with well over a day to spare.

England have a two-day game against the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI which begins on 29th November before the second Test in Adelaide gets underway on 5th December.

Australia have already confirmed an unchanged 12-man squad for the second Test although they may add another player to the squad after looking at the pitch.

Australia 2nd Test squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), George Bailey, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson

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Fixtures & Results

21st-25th November: 1st Test, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 295 & 401-7d. beat ENG 136 & 179 by 381 runs
5th-9th December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 570-9d & 132-3d beat ENG 172 & 312 by 218 runs
13th-17th December: 3rd Test, WACA, Perth
AUS 385 & 369-8 d. beat ENG 251 & 353 by 150 runs
26th-30th December: 4th Test, MCG, Melbourne
AUS 204 & 231-2 beat ENG 255 & 179 by 8 wickets
3rd-7th January: 5th Test, SCG, Sydney
AUS 326 & 274 beat ENG 155 & 166 by 281 runs