The Ashes 2021-22 – Aussies few steps ahead of England

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The Kangaroo’s might look a step ahead, but in the Ashes things are unexpected.

Aussies outplayed England in the first test match of the Ashes series 2021-22, which was scheduled at the Gabba, Australia’s fortress. 

Pat Cummins, who was recently announced as the new captain for Australia in Test cricket, got a fifer. Alongside announcing him as the test captain, Steve Smith is also given the responsibility as vice-captain. 

Talking more about the first test, England skipper Joe Root won the toss and ideally opted to bat first. However, Mitchell Starc’s quick pace and swing were enough to get Rory Burns in the very first over. Hameed looked promising but gave his wicket to Pat Cummins. Hameed could only manage to score 25 runs.

Things went out of the hands for England when captain Joe Root’s wicket. Josh Hazelwood clinched Root’s wicket. Ollie Pope and Jos Butler were the top scorers for England in the first innings. Pope scored 35, and Butler scored 39. Ben Stokes, who recently made his comeback, struggled to face the Aussies. England could only manage to play 50.1 overs and scored 147-10. 

In Australia’s first innings, they scored 425-10, with David Warner scoring 94, Maarnus Labuschagne scoring 74. Travis Head, the man of the match, scored 112 in 95 deliveries. Scoring quick runs helped Australia to reach 425 and had a considerable lead.

When England came out to bat in the second innings, the openers again lost their wicket, but Dawid Malan and Joe Root kept England’s hope alive, and it looked like there was still a bit of excitement left in the game. Malan scored 82, and Joe Root scored 89, but later, both of them lost their wicket, and the rest of the batters were unable to score runs, and England gave the target of 20 runs to the mighty Aussies, and  Australia chased it by losing one wicket.

England struggled to score runs. Even their bowlers in the game didn’t look that promising. James Anderson and Stuart Broad were missing from the playing 11 due to injury scarce. But, the English batsmen struggled to read the Australian bowlers. 

Playing at the Gabba, which is also known as Australia’s fortress, isn’t easy for the visiting teams. Still, last time when young team India defeated  Australia at the Gabba was unexpected. 

The Ashes isn’t easy; when last time Australia toured England for the Ashes, David Warner struggled to score runs, but he looks in the top-notch form at his home. Recently Nathan Lyon achieved a mammoth of 400 wickets in test cricket. Dawid Malan was his 400th wicket. 

After the first game, England lost five points in World Test Championship and was fined 100% of their match fee for their slow over-rate.

Here’s the look at the head to head record of the Ashes.

The second test match is currently ongoing at the Adelaide Oval. Captain Pat Cummins is out of the game, and Cricket Australia announced just before the start of the game that Cummins got in touch with a person who tested Covid positive last night; that’s why he isolated himself. But the board has also cleared that Cummins has tested Negative.

Statement by Cricket Australia

 31-year-old Michael Neser is his replacement and is debuting for Australia. Josh Hazelwood is also injured and, Jhye Richardson, the young speedster, has replaced Josh. 

England looks absolutely terrific after the comeback of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. At the start of the game, Broad clinched the first wicket by dismissing Marcus Harris, and Butler took a stunner to give Broad his first wicket. Maybe England looks stronger, but Aussies have already created their impact on day one. 

Talking about the second game, which is also played with a pink ball and is a day-night test match, both teams look promising. Steve Smith is leading Australia in the absence of Pat Cummins. In the morning session, i.e. the first session, Aussies were defensive, but David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne outplayed post-lunch. Although Warner again lost his wicket just before scoring a century, he lost his wicket to Ben Stokes on 95, whereas Labuschagne is still playing.

English bowlers struggle to take quick wickets, but James Anderson is still a significant threat for the Aussies. After the end of Day 1, Australia is 221-2 after the end of 89 overs. Marnus Labushcagne is on the verge of scoring a century, and till now, he has scored 95* runs in 275 balls.

James Anderson’s stats against Australia

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