On the opening day of the first test against Australia, England batters displayed a complete game of ‘Bazball’ at Edgbaston. Jack Crawley started the game against Pat Cummins by hitting the first ball of the Ashes 2023 for a four. Joe Root played a magnificent innings of 118 off 152 balls including seven fours and four sixes. Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow both smashed a stunning half-century. England declared their first innings on 393 just after the wicket of Stuart Broad. England scored 393 runs in just 78 overs at the run-rate of 5.17.
Let’s see how the day 1 game unfolded!
Earlier England won the toss and decided to bat first. England Openers gave a good start but lost their first wicket early at the score of 22. England lost their first wicket in the form of Ben Duckett. Ben Duckett scored 12 of 10 before being removed by Josh Hazelwood in Carey Hands. But, Zak Crawley controlled one side with Ollie Pope and added 70 runs for the second wicket. Pope played a quick inning of 31 off 44 before being trapped by Nathon Lyon. Zak Crawley scored 61 off 73 before being caught out in Alex Carey’s Hands on Boland’s delivery. Harry Brook added 51 runs for the fourth wicket with Joe Root. He got out on Lyon’s ball where the ball first hit the pad and after that hit the wicket. Hazelwood tempted Stokes by keeping the ball full outside off.
After the wicket of Stokes, Bairstow joined hands with Joe Root and added 121 runs for the fifth wicket. This is their 11th 100-run partnership in Test cricket – the fourth-most of any partnership for England. Jonny Bairstow played a crucial innings of 78 runs. He was trapped by Nathan Lyon. It’s Joe Root’s 30th century in Test cricket, his fourth against Australia, and his first in Ashes cricket since 2015. He brought up his hundred in 145 balls. Moin Ali and Stuart Broad scored 18 and 16 runs respectively for their team. While Joe Root (118) and Robinson (17) remained unbeaten before declaring on 393/8.
Ashes 2023: Australia Innings On Day 1
Without losing any wickets, Australia scored 14 runs at the end of day 1. David Warner and Usman Khwaja remained unbeaten on 8 and 4 respectively. For the first time since 2009, James Anderson did not take the new ball in an England home Test. The first spell was bowled by Stuart Broad.
Thank you for reading it. Leave us a comment if you liked it. Do follow us on: Google News | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube | LinkedIn.