- Story of Day 1
On day one of the first Ashes Test at The Gabba here on Wednesday, Australia skipper Pat Cummins made a strong start to his captaincy with a five-wicket haul as the hosts skittled England for just 147 runs.
After England chose to bat first, Australia made gains in the opening session on a green surface and gloomy skies at The Gabba.
Mitchell Starc struck immediately, neatly bowling Rory Burns across the legs with his opening ball. Josh Hazlewood to to England’s woes by dragging edges off the bats of Dawid Malan and Joe Root, which were pouched by Carey and David Warner, respectively, at first slip.
Ben Stokes fended a rising delivery from Pat Cummins to Marnus Labuschagne at third slip, in his first competitive cricket encounter since July. Despite the fact that Pope and Hameed kept England in the game until lunchtime, neither of them could keep them there for long as Cummins and Co. held them under 150.
After lunch, Cummins struck first, with Haseeb Hameed nicking to Steve Smith at second slip. Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope had a 52-run sixth-wicket stand as they attempted to mount a comeback.
It didn’t last long, though, as Starc crowded Buttler’s space, forcing him to nick behind to keeper Alex Carey. Pope was out three overs later, top-edging to fine leg for Cameron Green’s first Test wicket.
Cummins took over from there, quickly dispatching England’s tail and putting an end to the tourists’ feeble batting effort.
- Story of Day 2
On Day 2 of the continuing first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia expanded their advantage to 196 against England, thanks to knocks of 112 and 94 from Travis Head and David Warner, respectively.
Australia’s total at stumps was 343/7, with the hosts having extended their lead to 196 runs. At the moment, Head (112*) and Mitchell Starc (10*) are unbeaten at the crease.
Australia were reduced to 195/5 after losing back-to-back wickets of David Warner (94) and Cameron Green (0) in the third and final session. Ollie Robinson fired Warner and Green from the team.
Alex Carey and Travis Head then joined forces at the crease, putting on 41 runs for the sixth wicket. However, Chris Woakes ended the stand in the 65th over, dismissing Carey (12).
England’s situation looked dismal as Australia eclipsed their first-innings total with the loss of just one wicket, but they rallied back in the afternoon session.
In the space of eight overs, Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Warner, and Cameron Green all fell, with Robinson claiming three wickets, including two in two balls.
Although he only just got through his final over of the day while clutching for his hamstring, the Sussex spinner excelled against India last summer and appears to have a game for Australian conditions.
Another injury issue for the visitors is Ben Stokes. While fielding, the all-rounder appeared to injure his calf, and he did not bowl for a long time. Stokes was bowling at roughly 75mph when he returned.