Ashes 2017-18

Ashes 2017-18: Openers guide Australia to a crushing 10 wickets win over England at Gabba

[caption id="attachment_58850" align="alignnone" width="580"]Australia Australia thrashed England by 10 wickets in the first Ashes test match at Gabba to go 1-0 up in the series. Image Source: twitter@icc[/caption]

Internet Desk: Openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft shared an unbeaten opening stand of 173 runs to guide Australia to a thrashing 10 wickets win in the first Ashes test at Gabba on Monday. In the process, the Aussie openers broke an 87-year-old Test record for the all-time highest unbeaten opening partnership in a successful Test chase. Warner remained unbeaten on 87 runs while Bancroft was batting on 82 runs, as the hosts cruised to victory before lunch on the fifth day.

Australian captain Steve Smith praised his teammates for showing character as both teams fought hard on the first three days, before the home team seized the initiative. Smith himself played a match winning knock of 141 runs defying all odds to wrest the initiative in favour of the home team.

“We had to show some really good character throughout. Obviously losing the toss, and the wicket was a lot slower than we anticipated it would be. We had to work really hard,” said Smith after the match.

“I’m pleased with the way we have played. Bowling first at The Gabba, it’s hard. The bowlers had to be on. The way we pulled it back to win from the position we were in it’s extremely pleasing. I’m proud of the way the boys fought.”

England captain Joe Root said the result did not tell the full story.

“For three days we were excellent. Bar Steve’s knock we were right in it,” he said, referring to Smith’s battling first innings century. It’s frustrating. We have to move on quickly and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes in Adelaide.”

England were knocked over for 195 off 71.4 overs, losing their last six wickets for 82, to set Australia an easy target to chase down in the remaining four sessions of play.

The five-Test series heads to Adelaide Oval for the first-ever Ashes day-night Test, starting on Saturday.


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