Australia turn 1st Ashes Test on its head thanks to 100s from Smith and Wade
Australia turned the 1st Ashes Test on its head today, thanks to some brilliant batting from Steve Smith (142) and Matthew Wade (110) and Travis Head (51).
England 374 (Rory Burns 133, Ben Stokes 50, Joe Root 57, Chris Woakes 37*; Pat Cummins 3-84, Nathan Lyon 3-112) and 13-0
Australia 284 (Steve Smith 144; Stuart Broad 5-86) and 487-7 (Steve Smith 142, Matthew Wade 110, Travis Head 51; Ben Stokes 3-85)
At the Close of Play on the 4th day – England need 385 runs to win
Australia batted England out of the 1st Test, on the 4th day, thanks to some great batting form the Australian top order. England sorely missed the bowling of Jimmy Anderson (injured) and the below par Moeen Ali and will face a herculean task tomorrow to save this match.
Stat Attack – Steve Smith joined an elite band of Australian batsmen after scoring back to back centuries in this match - 144 & 142. Only 4 other Australian batsmen have scored a century in both innings of an Ashes Test - Warren Bardsley (136 & 130 at the Oval in 1909), Arthur Morris (122 & 124* at Adelaide in 1947), Steve Waugh (108 & 116 at Old Trafford in 1997) and Matthew Hayden (197 & 103 at Brisbane in 2002)
England - Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Joe Root(c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Australia - David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle
Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Officials: Joel Wilson, Aleem Dar, Christopher Gaffaney, Robert Robinson, Ranjan Madugalle
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