The Ashes round-up: Australia on the brink of emphatic win after England crumble
David Warner and Cameron Bancroft put Australia on course for an emphatic victory in the first Ashes Test after England could only muster 195 all out on day four at the Gabba.
We summarise the action on the penultimate day in Brisbane, where Australia only need another 56 runs on the final day to go 1-0 up.
- Joe Root (51) is the only England batsman to make a half-century as they fold for less than 200 after being 62-2, Mitchell Starc (3-51), Josh Hazlewood (3-46) and Nathan Lyon (3-67) doing the damage.
- Starc takes three wickets and Pat Cummins one to blow the tail away, the last four falling for only 10 runs, leaving Australia needing only 170 to win.
- Moeen Ali is controversially stumped off Lyon in a marginal call when third umpire Chris Gaffaney ruled that his toe was on the crease and not behind the line as Tim Paine whipped the bails off.
- Debutant Bancroft (51 not out) makes a maiden Test half-century and Warner is unbeaten on 60, with Australia 114 without loss and on the verge of a crushing win.
Outstanding Australia #ashes Very good to watch. Congrats to all the bowlers for getting stuck in & @cbancroft4 on first 50 for Australia & @davidwarner31 for a great partnership. Drive it in tomorrow— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) November 26, 2017
MOMENT OF THE DAY
Moeen was looking well set, playing positively and using his feet well against Lyon. He was on his way in contentious fashion for 40, though, Paine with some impressive glove work after the left-hander was deceived by a delivery from Lyon which turned sharply. Third umpire Gaffaney ruled that the all-rounder's foot was not behind the line to leave England 155-6 and they could only add another 40 runs for the last four wickets.
- Australia are poised for their second-highest successful Ashes chase at the Gabba (a target of 188 achieved in 1982/83).
- This was the first time Moeen had been stumped in international cricket.
- Root averages 48.63 versus Australia in second innings. He averages 38.09 in his second visit to the crease against other nations.
- James Anderson's bowling average in the fourth innings against Australia is 65.57.
Australia are on the verge of victory in the 1st #Ashes Test, ending Day 4 on 114/0 needing just 56 more to win after England collapsed to 195 all out at The Gabba #AUSvENG— ICC (@ICC) November 26, 2017
Scorecard: https://t.co/ZB9FJwWGEN pic.twitter.com/NjqhZTms1m
Moeen told Test Match Special: "It's been a disappointing day. It's cricket. Australia don't really lose here. In the first couple of days we played quite well. The Steve Smith innings - we found it difficult to get him out."
Paine on Moeen's dismissal: "We were confident when he came forward. We were really confident - we could see paint behind his foot. Moeen had been staying at home [not going forward]. That ball dropped a bit in front of him and we took our chance."
A MATTER OF TIME
England looked deflated in the field on day four of a Test which has swung one way and the other before Australia provided the knockout blows. It should not take Australia long to wrap up the victory on Monday.