England go ahead in the series with the perfect game

England players celebrating the 169-run win over Australia in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.
England players celebrating the 169-run win over Australia in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.
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England 430 & 289 (Bell 60) beat
Australia 308 & 242 (Johnson 77) by 169 runs
First Ashes Test, Cardiff, day four

England produced a wonderful bowling effort in the fourth innings to bowl Australia out for 242 and win the first Ashes Test in Cardiff by 169 runs and go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

Australia started their second innings on day four having been set a target of 412. Chris Rogers (10), on the verge of a Test record of 12 consecutive half-centuries was dropped by Joe Root (2-28) in the third over.

England lost a review as well when they went to DRS for a caught-behind decision that was not given against David Warner (52). The swashbuckling left-hander didn’t nick the ball as was proven in the replays.

However, Rogers went in the 10th over edging one to Ian Bell at second slip off Stuart Broad (3-39).

Warner and Steven Smith (33) were aggressive, not letting Moeen Ali (3-59) settle, hitting him for 17 runs in the 13th over with a six and two fours.

Warner brought up his 15th Test fifty in 72 balls in the 22nd over. He added 78 for the second wicket with Smith in almost 17 overs.

However, Warner fell at the stroke of lunch, trapped lbw off the bowling of Ali. With that, Australia went in to lunch at 97 for two after 26.3 overs.

That also seemed to be a vital blow as Australia lost direction completely when they resumed in the post-lunch session.

Smith hit Broad for a four straightaway but was out three balls later, edging one to Bell in the slips.

Broad was sensational in the second session bowling in great rhythm. He worked on Michael Clarke (4) with a barrage of short balls and then got him with a fuller one, sliced to point.

Mark Wood (2-53) got Adam Voges (1) the very next over with a beautiful delivery that was nicked to the wicket-keeper.

Australia were 106 for five in the 33rd over and things went worse when Brad Haddin (7) tried a slog-sweep only to hit it straight to a very short mid-wicket where Alastair Cook took a brilliant reflex catch at the second attempt.

The visitors were 122 for six in 39 overs and reached 151 for six after 50 overs with Shane Watson (19) and Mitchell Johnson (77) adding 29 runs for the seventh wicket.

However, Watson fell, trapped lbw once again, reviewing the decision as he has so often in his career, unsuccessfully, credit to Wood. Australia went to tea at 162 for seven after 54 overs.

Johnson played his strokes with great fluency after tea adding 72 runs for the eighth wicket with Mitchell Starc (17) taking Australia over 200.

He also brought up his fifty at the same time, with a four off Broad. Johnson attacked Root with two fours and a six.

But Root (2-28), who was the man of the match after a great game, got Starc and then Johnson in successive overs.

Ali finished off the innings as Australia were bundled out for 242 in the 71st over.

Broad was the pick of the bowlers complemented well by Ali. England won the game by 169 runs to go 1-0 up in the series.

Lord's hosts the second Test beginning on Thursday 16th July.

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