Australia narrowly won the first Ashes test match this summer with a 2 wicket win at Edgbaston. A match winning 44 not out by Pat Cummins helped Australia get over the line in what was a thrilling 1st test match of the series.
England got off to a strong start with their first innings score of 393/8 declared and captain Joe Root led by example scoring 118 not out. England looked assured with their batting and this can bode well for the challenges set throughout the remaining test matches as England look to put on decent first innings totals to give them a chance of securing victory.
Johnny Bairstow’s 78 from 78 balls was typical of how England are approaching test match Cricket now and they can score runs quickly which makes for an exciting test match.
England’s bowling is going to be key to them winning the Ashes series and this test match as Ollie Robinson performed pretty well with support from Stuart Broad, but they will need more help from the others if they are going to bowl Australia out twice .
For Australia, Nathan Lyon was superb in the bowling attack for them and was the real star across both innings. Taking 4 wickets in each innings, he helped his team to keep them in the game and especially in the crucial 2nd innings, his 4-80 was very important. Not to mention Lyons batting in the 2nd innings helped his team massively.
Pat Cummins had a quiet first innings, but his 4-63 was key to success as this gave Australia a chance to win the game to chase down the match winning total.
In the batting for Australia, it was thought Steve Smith or Marnus Labuschagne would be the key men for them, however Usman Khawaja stole the show with a superb 141 in the first innings and then 65 in the 2nd innings to top score for Australia in both innings and secure the first test match win of the series.
Full credit to Usman Khawaja who played with calmness and confidence as he withheld Robinson and Broad to put on a century in the first innings when Australia needed a player to put in a good total.
England will rue some lapses in the fielding late on in the final moments of the test match and must ensure these chances are taken in the 2nd test.
|England||6/4 William Hill|
|Draw||4/1 Paddy Power|
Maybe it’s our patriotice hat on, but punters.pub bet of the day is England to win the 2nd test match at 6/4 with William Hill. England played well with the bat and their new style of play in test matches can cause Australia problems.
With some fine tuning in the bowling department England can put more pressure on Australia and they must look to stop the top batsman from scoring 50+ and then with the strong batting England have, then can create a good lead and then manage the game and secure the 20 wickets to win the test match.