We didn’t often hear the word “Gabbaitor” after this Ashes’ commentary panel has been using it instead of “Gabba”, since Australia hasn’t lost a single test since 1986 in Gabba, Brisbane. So it’s more like “Gabbaitor” for them.
The most awaited toss was won by Joe Root who wanted to bat first. The Aussies didn’t took long to take the first wicket of the match as Starc dismissed Cook for just 2 runs when Cook edged the ball to Handscomb’s hand. Australia got their perfect start they were looking for. James Vince later came in, who along with Stoneman contributed in a partnership of 100 runs until Cummins bowled him with a cracker after bowling some fast shot-pitched deliveries.
James Vince struck the bat against the ball for some text book shots very well until he was dropped on Nathan Lyon’s delivery when the wicket-keeper Tim Paine dropped an easy catch. Nathan Lyon later took redemption after an amazing display of fielding with in the circle with a straight hit, which restricted James Vince to 83 runs only. The English captain Joe Root came out to bat who didn’t settle for long either and went back to the pavilion for just 5 after Cummins delivery was reviewed for a LBW. Dawid Malan scored a textbook fifty and was dismissed for 56 by Starc. England were able to just score 302 runs in the first innings.
English bowlers didn’t had a bad start either as James Anderson dismissed the debutant Bancroft for LBW after taking the review. Jake Ball later made anither breakthrough by dismissing David Warner for 26. Two more wickets fell quickly and Australia were in deep trouble as they were 76 for 4 wickets until Shaun Marsh and the Australian captain, Steve Smith contributed a partnership of 99 runs which gave Australia a stance to fight back in the test. The Australian skipper played a world-class knock of 141 not out under pressure as Australia overcame England’s trail and led by just 26 runs. Stuart Broad grabbed 3 wickets as James Anderson took 2. Moeen, Root and Jake Ball took 1 wicket each.
Australian bowlers bounced back in a much greater force as half of the English line-up was sent back to the pavilion below the score of 100. Pat Cummins was highlight of the innings for his fiery bouncers. The English captain Root scored a 50 until he was dismissed by Hazzlewood. Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstows were on the crease as they were the only hope for England to set a high total until Moeen Ali fell unlucky on 48 as he was out of the crease just “millimetres”. Bairstows went back after scoring 40 runs. England set a target of 170 for Australia as England was all-out for 195 runs. Starc, Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon took 3 wickets each while Pat Cummins took only 1 wicket.
Australia were off to a great start as David Warner started the innings along with Cameron Bancroft. While Bancroft stood solid against the English bowlers, David Warner tried to score some quick runs. James Anderson once again tried to show his aggression, which doesn’t exist. He ended up being humiliated himself after Bancroft gave him a stare in reply. Australia were 114 without any loss of wicket at the end of the day 4, with just 56 runs required on day 5 to win the first match.
While the English Barny Army gave themselves hope by chanting chants, Warner and Bancroft took no time in chasing the total without any loss. David Warner scored 87 runs while tue debutant, Bancroft scored 82 runs. The Australian skipper was man of the match.
England didn’t have any strong position throughout the test except Stoneman and Vince’s partnership in the first innings. They came in with a weak plan and struggled like always. They went mentally weak like every other Ashes series in Australia for them and couldn’t manage to hold their nerves. Aussies were hungry for this victory and they did everything to make it perfect for them. They collapsed in the first innings but fought back without looking or caring about what happened. It was the positivity which boosted Australia’s confidence and gave them the victory.
Right when England tried to show aggression, Aussies were 10 steps ahead. England relied too much on James Anderson and Chris Woakes, who have heen more useless than a useless stick outside England in the past few tours. Jake Ball’s inclusion in the playing 11 is questionable since he hasn’t made any impact since his introduction to the international cricket. He was being picked by the Aussies and he couldn’t use his mind to do something useful. England needs to find a solution for James Anderson, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball because if they continue with them, English team might want to end the tour after the second test in Adelaide. Cook needs to hit some balls hard in the nets as well.