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Rampant Australia in line to take 1-0 lead in Ashes

Cameron Bancroft and David Warner had an outstanding partnership on day four
Cameron Bancroft and David Warner had an outstanding partnership on day four

England 302 & 195 (Root 51) v
Australia 328 & 114-0 (Warner 60no)
First Test, Brisbane, day four

Cameron Bancroft and David Warner scored unbeaten fifties as Australia raced to 114 for naught at stumps on day four chasing a target of 170 runs for a win in the first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane.

The opening pair Warner (60 not out) and Bancroft (51 not out) blunted the England's new ball attack scoring just 20 runs off the first 10 overs.

However, once James Anderson (0-17) and Stuart Broad (0-14) were removed from the attack, the boundaries kept coming as they scored 44 more runs in the next 10 overs.

Warner was the first to reach his fifty - 25th in Tests - off 74 deliveries and also soon brought the 100 run opening stand as things looked ominous for England.

With a boundary in the 32nd over, Bancroft reached his maiden Test half-century and at stumps on day four, Australia reached 114 without losing a wicket, needing another 56 more runs to win heading into the final day.

Earlier, England resumed the day with a score of 33 for two, having a slender lead of seven runs. Even though Mark Stoneman (27) and Joe Root (52) started the day positively, the introduction of Nathan Lyon (3-67) changed the complexion of the innings.

Lyon had first Stoneman caught at first slip and soon repeated the same mode of dismissal to dismiss Dawid Malan (4) as well. The visitors were dented further when Josh Hazlewood (3-46) trapped the England captain LBW at the stroke of lunch during which England were 119 for five.

England started the second session without a lot of positivity scoring 30 runs off the first five overs but in what was a controversial decision, Moeen Ali (40) was given out stumping by the third umpire on what was a tight decision.

Mitchell Starc (3-51) capitalised on the slip up from England as he removed Jonny Bairstow (42), Chris Woakes (17) and Stuart Broad (2) and England were bowled out for 195 in 71.4 overs after being 113 for four at one stage.

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