Ashes 2019: Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon script victory as Australia go 1-0 up vs England

first_imgAshes 2019: Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon script victory as Australia go 1-0 up vs EnglandAshes 2019: Steve Smith hit 144 and 142 while Nathan Lyon picked crucial wickets in both innings as Australia beat England by 251 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-Test series.advertisement India Today Web Desk BirminghamAugust 5, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 19:48 IST England vs Australia Ashes 2019, 1st Test: Nathan Lyon was the chief wrecker with the ball on the final day (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia beat England by 251 runs in the first Ashes Test in BirminghamSteve Smith, Nathan Lyon and Matthew Wade were the stars for AustraliaAustralia now have 24 points in the World Test ChampionshipAustralia beat England by 251 runs to in the first Ashes Test to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. Australia have also secured 24 points in the World Test Championship with their thumping win in Birmingham on Monday.It was a remarkable fight back by Australia who were tottering at 122 for 8 on the opening day. But Steve Smith’s heroic 144 and stubborn knocks from Peter Siddle (44), Travis Head (35) and Nathan Lyon (12) ensured the visitors made a respectable 284 in the first innings.Rory Burns (133), Joe Root (57) and Ben Stokes (50) helped England take a crucial 90-run first innings lead but Steve Smith then became only the 5th to score twin hundreds in an Ashes Test. His 142 once again guided Australia after they had lost David Warner and Cameron Bancroft cheaply for the second time in the match.This time Smith had more support from the middle-order. Travis Head scored 51 while Travis Head, making a comeback into the Australian Test team, smashed an aggressive 110.James Pattinson’s unbeaten 47 to further frustrate England who faced the improbable task of chasing 398 in the fourth innings of an Edgbaston Test.After surviving 7 testing overs on the penultimate day, England lost Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Denly and Joe Root by lunch. Nathan Lyon was on fire and extracted enough turn to bamboozle the English batsmen in their fortress.Pat Cummins was lethal as well – he got the crucial wickets of Burns, Joss Buttler and Jonny Bairstow as Australia inched closer to victory.This Test match belonged to Steve Smith all the way. It was the first time Cameron Bancroft, David Warner and Steve Smith were playing a Test since the ball-tampering scandal. While Bancroft and Warner did not get many runs, Smith hit 286 runs across the two innings to hand Australia a memorable win.advertisementRead more | Ashes 2019: Matthew Wade’s game was at a different Level in Edgbaston, says Ricky PontingAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes 2019Follow ENG v AUSFollow Steve SmithFollow Nathan Lyonlast_img read more