England, wanting to retain the Urn they won on home soil in 2015, looked vulnerable from Day one of the ongoing Magellan Ashes series and eventually lost the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane in the morning session on the concluding day on 27 November 2017.
Australian captain Steve Smith’s sparkling unbeaten century (141) was the icing on the cake for Australia while off-spinner Nathan Lyon was not far behind in earning accolades from flamboyant batsman David Warner and speed merchant Pat Cummins for his splendid bowling which subdued the English top and middle order batsmen.
The bouncy fast tracks in Australia are no batting paradise for overseas batsmen. The English batsmen found it pretty hard to negotiate the Aussie trio pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
England’s top order batting line-up consisting of Alastair Cook, Stoneman, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Joe Root and Moeen Ali, were all at sea against pace and spin.
Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell Jr pointedly said about the Gabba wicket: “It is very similar to the past bouncy green deck.” It really was.
The English batsmen are at home playing in conditions where the ball swings and swerves a great deal. But Australia has fast and bouncy wickets on the contrary.
Pat Cummins promptly remarked: “It is pretty much the dream wicket” about Gabba.
Australia lead 1-0 in the ongoing Ashes series and England must win the second Test which begins in Adelaide this weekend to keep their dream alive of retaining the Urn.
Scores: Australia first innings 328 and 173 for no loss. England first innings 302 and 195. Australia won by ten wickets. David Warner 87 not out and Cameron Bancroft 86 not out.