The age old classic exhibition of cricket rivalries between Australia and England began yesterday. This time England is the host country of this nail-biting test series. Last time, the home country was utterly destroyed by the Aussies back in 2013-14 season. They endured a crushing 5-0 loss to the mighty Australia; literally whitewashed by the baggy green squad. The opening day ended with England scoring 343 runs and the Aussies managed to pick up 7 of the English batsmen. Both teams are still very much in the game which means they are on the right track by their respective performances.
England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to face the Aussie bowlers first. His decision to bat first can be put under scrutiny as his side lost three early wickets after adding only 43 on the scorecard. Both the openers soon left the pitch to have some snacks in the dressing room rather facing the forceful bowling attack of the World Cup winning team. Left-handed Adam Lyth gifted his wicket to Hazlewood in the second over of the match. He edged the ball trying to push it to the onside, and got caught up in the gully. The ‘Patient’ English captain survived only 73 balls or so, failing again to rescue his team from the bad start. The most successful individual of England team in the last year’s Ashes, Ian Bell dismissed after facing 6 balls.
After that, it was Joe Root’s bravery throughout the middle period of the innings. The young sensation made brilliant 134 to uplift his team’s morale after watching three top-order batsmen’s failure to flourish. Root’s performance was backed up by Gary Ballance and Stokes. Ballance and Root added 153 runs in their 4th wicket partnership which enabled them to go for the 400+ mark to give a good total for the bowlers.
Starc and Hazlewood were the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets each. Nathan Lyon finished the day with a lone wicket of Cook.
The second test will begin from 16 July.