Ashes in a nutshell: England suffer familiar fate at The Gabba as Australia take 1-0 series lead | Cricket News

Joe Root’s wait for a century in Australia continues as he and Dawid Malan are dismissed early on the fourth morning; England collapses from being defeated in an all too familiar style; Nathan Lyon becomes the third Australian bowler to reach 400 test wickets

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Joe Root and his team will have to come from behind if they want to win back The Ashes

Joe Root and Dawid Malan lose centuries, England collapses from defeat and Nathan Lyon joins the 400 club. This is the fourth day of The Gabba in a nutshell …

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Australia completed a full nine wicket win in the opening Ashes Test after another England batting collapse on day four at The Gabba, writes Sam Dryy.

After starting the day at 220-2, cautiously optimistic with Joe Root and Dawid Malan at the fold ahead of hundreds, England went on to lose their last eight wickets for 74 points in the morning session to leave Australia who had. only need 20 to win.

After finding himself stuck on 399 test wickets for most of the year, Nathan Lyon finally landed the No. 400 to remove Malan (82) and break the 162 point stand for the tourists’ third wicket.

Nathan Lyon celebrates after winning his 400th wicket test

Nathan Lyon celebrates after winning his 400th wicket test

Cameron Green had Root (89) soon after as the English skipper’s wait for a century in Australia continues and with the middle and lower order unable to stop the slide, visitors were eliminated for 297 before lunch.

Point of discussion

Australia was the top team for the vast majority of the first test, yet England still has a sense of “what could have been?”

What if Root chose to play bowling first? What if they played Stuart Broad and / or Jimmy Anderson? The England captain defended those decisions in his post-match interviews, but one can’t help but wonder if things could have been different if they had made a different choice.

Stuart Broad (L) and James Anderson could return for England in next week's pink ball test

Stuart Broad (L) and James Anderson could return for England in next week’s pink ball test

What if Malan and Root made it through the first half hour this morning? They both played superbly on day three and were approaching three figures. If they settled again and stayed together for even one more hour, they could have netted the deficit in the first inning, at which point the pressure on Australia would really start to build.

Of course, that didn’t happen and they are in the familiar position of being 1-0 in a streak of away Ashes. The selection debates revolved around the lack of Broad and Anderson, but it was the joke that really cost them.

Making 297 the second time was an improvement over 147 the first day, but a significant partnership over two innings won’t cut it if they want to win back the urn.

England's fragile batting line was again exposed in Brisbane

England’s fragile batting line was again exposed in Brisbane

Perhaps the biggest ‘what if’ that visitors face on their way to Adelaide is: what if they simply weren’t good enough to challenge Australia in their home conditions? It would be a long winter but, fortunately, there is still plenty of time to prove otherwise, starting with next week’s day-night test.

Time of day

The game began with England fans hoping to rejoice in two hundred on the fourth morning, but instead it was the Australians who celebrated an early milestone when Lyon fired Malan to become only the seventh spinner in the game’s history. to take 400 wickets of the test match.

His 399th returned in January against India, at the end of a streak in which he struggled, Australia have not played a test since and after going without a wicket in England’s first innings, possibly the ‘GOAT’ he was starting to wonder if his time would ever come.

Lyon join Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath as Australian bowlers with 400 or more test wickets

Lyon join Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath as Australian bowlers with 400 or more test wickets

The long wait came to an end midway through the fourth over of the day when Malan jumped off the pitch and was caught in bat-pad with Lyon leaving out 11 months of frustration in his celebration.

More than just personal success, the wicket set the tone for the day. If Root and Malan had managed to get past the second new ball and carry on centuries, it might have been different, but the first breakthrough put England at a disadvantage.

Lyon’s confidence increased and they took three more wickets as Australia reasserted their dominance to complete a landslide victory.

What they say

Joe Root does not regret his decision to bat first in the opening Ashes Test despite England having scored 147 on the first day and losing the game by nine wickets

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Joe Root does not regret his decision to bat first in the opening Ashes Test despite England having scored 147 on the first day and losing the game by nine wickets

Joe Root does not regret his decision to bat first in the opening Ashes Test despite England having scored 147 on the first day and losing the game by nine wickets

England captain Joe Root, speaking to BT Sport: “We are a team that have always responded well to situations like this in the recent past. We are not afraid of a challenge. We are not afraid of facing a difficult result and we will just have to make sure we do it exactly again on this occasion.

“We know where we need to improve, but I think about the way we responded in that second inning, showing the character and fight, which we will need in this series.”

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Australian captain Pat Cummins: “I really enjoyed it, a lot of things went right, probably due to the draw – cloudy conditions, wicket was a bit in it, shows up on day two and it’s blue sky. So someone was smiling at me. Really proud of all, complete performance, the bowlers did their thing, then the collaboration of Marnus and Davey and the way Travis played. Sign of a positive and courageous team. “

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