The Ashes: Australia face fitness tests on David Warner, Josh Hazlewood ahead of second Test | Cricket News

Australia go 1-0 in the five-test series after a nine wicket win in Brisbane, chasing their 20 goal after knocking out England for 297; The second day-night test begins on Thursday in Adelaide

Last updated: 11/21/21 8:03


David Warner did not bat for Australia in the second inning at The Gabba

Australia are hoping David Warner and Josh Hazlewood will both be fit for the second Ashes Test, despite taking a beating during their emphatic win at The Gabba.

The hosts scored a nine-wicket win in Brisbane, taking eight England wickets on the fourth morning to dismiss them for 297 before knocking down their 20-wicket win goal in just the sixth over.

Travis Head was awarded Best Player of the Match for his superb 152 and Nathan Lyon claimed his 400th wicket test, though question marks remained about Warner and Hazelwood’s fitness.

Hazlewood (1-32) only beat 14 of the 103 overs in the English innings, while Warner didn’t beat the run in Australia after playing against the hardship to make 94 in the first innings.

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.

“Joshy (Hazlewood) is a little sore, so we’ll see how he wakes up in the morning,” said Australian captain Pat Cummins. “The key is that we don’t want to endanger him for the whole series, so we’re going to take our time.

“He did a scan last night and we’ll work on that. There’s no plan yet, we’ll sleep in it. It’s a series of five tests and it’s important to us, we didn’t want to throw him out of the water on the third day.”

On Warner, Cummins added, “Davey [Warner] he was willing to beat. We just chose not to risk it.

“When we had 20 points to win we couldn’t find him! We looked all over the stadium. I think it will be fine for Adelaide. He’s still pretty sore but we’ll keep an eye on him and he should be fine.”

“The plan worked for Captain Capitani”

Pat Cummins claimed the wickets of Rory Burns and Ben Stokes on the fourth morning

Pat Cummins claimed the wickets of Rory Burns and Ben Stokes on the fourth morning

England had started the day just 58 points behind, with Joe Root and Dawid Malan returning unbeaten with 86 and 80 after a brilliant third wicket partnership, only to be knocked out early by the Australian bout.

The pair only three to their total overnight before Malan (82) was fired, with Root falling for 89 as Australia rattled through the last eight wickets for just 74 points in what turned out to be a dream debut. as a captain for Cummins.

“I think we were much more patient,” Cummins added. “Especially this morning, we did what we do best and we just tried to own the top of the stump.

Joe Root and Ben Stokes were unable to save England from defeat in the first Ashes Test

Joe Root and Ben Stokes were unable to save England from defeat in the first Ashes Test

“Don’t overdo the courts. Don’t get carried away with short bowling plans. This is probably a lesson, stay on plan A as long as possible.

“The way we started the game and the way we finished, we haven’t changed much.”

Lyon reaches a new benchmark

Lyon ended their agonizing wait for a 400th test victim on Saturday in style during a four-game haul, seeing him become only the third Australian to reach the total.

Nathan Lyon was Australia's top wicket buyer during England's second inning

Nathan Lyon was Australia’s top wicket buyer during England’s second inning

The 34-year-old failed to grab a wicket during England’s first inning and it was expensive on the third day, only to pick up four wickets on Saturday morning to finish with figures of 4-91.

Lyon sent Malan off in his second over on Saturday, with a ball falling abruptly producing a bat for Marnus Labuschagne and unleashing wild cheers from the home crowd.

“I have a lot of my best friends in that locker room,” said Lyon, who joins Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563) at the 400 wicket Australian club.

“They tend to remind me enough, (ask) if I’m going to have 400 on my shoes like Pidge (McGrath) or run around like Warney, so I’ve had a lot of jokes going on.

“It’s something I’m very proud of, no doubt about it. It was hard to get it, but it’s very rewarding.”

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