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Ashes 2017/18, 1st Test: 5 things that went wrong for England

Tanya Rudra
ANALYST
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6.80K   //    27 Nov 2017, 10:11 IST

Australia v England - First Test: Day 5

Openers David Warner (87*) and Cameron Bancroft (82*) helped Australia coast to a 10-wicket win over England to go 1-0 up in the Ashes series.

Chasing a modest target of 170, the hosts got the 56 runs in little more than an hour on Monday morning.

The hosts' skipper Steven Smith, who was the clear differentiator between the two sides, was an obvious contender for Man of the Match for his 141 not out.

The current holders of the iconic urn, England have got plenty to ponder before the start of the day-night Test in Adelaide on Saturday.

Now that the hosts have drawn the first blood, let's have a look at the five things that went wrong for England.


Top-order failure


Alastair Cook might have faltered in both the innings by contributing just nine runs but Mark Stoneman (53) and James Vince (83) were quite impressive on Day 1.

However, Stoneman was undone by Pat Cummins and Vince had no chance against Nathan Lyon's scintillating throw.

Joe Root looked quite clueless and eventually, Cummins got the better of the England skipper too.The middle and lower order chipped in as the visitors managed a decent first inning score of 302.

England won the toss in Brisbane but were unable to make the most of their advantage on a solid batting wicket.The second innings was the time to make amends, but none were made.

Although Root scored fifty, it was not enough to take his team out of troubled waters, and consequently, Australia needed just 170 runs to win in the final innings, which they managed without fuss.

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