The Ashes: Key moments as ruthless Australia dominate England from ball one to retain the urn | Cricket News


Australia has dominated this Ashes series from the very first dance

Inevitable for some time, now finally confirmed: Australia has kept the Ashes.

England have been outdone in all and after just 12 days of cricket, they are 3-0 down and face a battle to avoid another string of whitewashes.

Even in such a one-sided race, however, there were times when the games could have gone either way. Here are some of the crucial incidents that helped Australia keep the urn …

Starc Burns bowls with first ball of the series

It is often said that teams have commanded a series “from the first moment” and on this occasion you can take it literally. After a delayed start from the rain, England won the draw on a green pitch in Brisbane and opted for the serve. A brave choice, but if they could fight what, no doubt, would be a difficult first hour …

First dance of the series. Mitchell Starc to Rory Burns. After all the usual bluster in the build-up, it was time for the action to begin.

Rory Burns got knocked over by his legs from Mitchell Starc's first dance in Brisbane

Rory Burns got knocked over by his legs from Mitchell Starc’s first dance in Brisbane

The fast launcher loaded, launched and filled up to the logs. Starc’s line was a little crooked, but it was nothing compared to Burns, who got himself in a horrible position and was thrown behind his bearings from a leg strain in mid-flight with a delayed swing that he sent the ball crashing into the stump of the leg.

England’s Worst Fears Realized? Not really, it happened when Joe Root went off without scoring five overs later to leave them 11-3, but the tone had been set.

England collapses after Root-Malan’s stand

Even after being eliminated for 147 and giving up a 278 deficit in the first inning after a sloppy on-pitch performance that saw David Warner give numerous lives on the way for 94, England ended the third day of the first test with hope. .

Root and Dawid Malan had put up an unbroken 139 for the third wicket to bring the tourists to 220-2, with both batters approaching by the hundreds. Another good session to start the fourth day and the pressure on Australia would really start to build.

Dawid Malan and Joe Root gave England hope on day three, but it quickly vanished on day four

Dawid Malan and Joe Root gave England hope on day three, but it quickly vanished on day four

Instead, both Malan and Root left within the opening half hour and England promptly folded, losing their last eight wickets by just 74 points. Whether the visiting team managed to move forward and win the game is almost irrelevant.

Given the chance to make life difficult for Australia and show the hosts that they weren’t going to do everything their way in the series, England has withered after an initial setback. In contrast, Australia showed both their prowess with the ball and their struggle in responding to a couple of tough sessions to regain their position of power and win the match.

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Labuschagne hits tons after being abandoned early

Marnus Labuschagne is the number 1 hitter in the world. If you have a chance to get rid of him soon, it’s important to take it. The opportunity for England came with Australia n. 3 on the 21st of the first day of the first test in Adelaide, when he gloved a Ben Stokes bouncer down his leg.

Jos Buttler had already taken a splendid hold down the leg to remove Marcus Harris early in the innings and that was a lot easier. However, the England wicketkeeper could not hold on as he threw himself to his left.

Marnus Labuschagne took advantage of his fortune at the Adelaide Oval to record his first ton of ashes

Marnus Labuschagne took advantage of his fortune at the Adelaide Oval to record his first ton of ashes

Labuschagne survived and jumped to 95 before being eliminated again by Buttler, a much simpler possibility than Jimmy Anderson. He went on to hit his top 100 Ashes and – after getting caught for a no-ball – was eventually fired for 103 by Ollie Robinson.

By then he had shared important collaborations with Warner and Steve Smith to get Australia on track for a massive 473-9 declared in their first innings, leaving England once again in the hunt for the match.

Root pain and Buttler’s misstep end the rearguard action

For the second game in a row, after a difficult start, Malan and Root gave England a solid platform to build on. Unfortunately, for the second straight game, it was wasted as they plummeted from 150-2 to 236 all out.

The result was set a highly unlikely 468 to win or, in a slightly more realistic way, beat four sessions and some for a draw.

Joe Root endured a painful fourth day during the day-night test in Adelaide

Joe Root endured a painful fourth day during the day-night test in Adelaide

Australia managed to beat the top three, but Root and Stokes were still fighting as day four approached its conclusion. The captain had been hit in a rather delicate area before the game started, he had gone for scans but was fighting, only to be hit in just that same area by a delivery from Starc.

A long game break followed, but Root continued to struggle and looked set to end the day, only to be canceled by Starc in the finale of a very painful day for the Yorkshireman.

With only six England wickets left on the final day, an Australian win seemed certain, but after losing Ollie Pope early on, the visitors caved in – and none more stubborn than Buttler.

The wicketkeeper-batter had endured a torrid match with his dropped tricks and a duck in the first inning and after managing to get away with a lead between the goalkeeper and the first slip, he defended himself vigorously, scoring just nine points in the second session, knowing that time at the fold was much more precious for England than racing.

Jos Buttler's valiant 207-ball innings ended cruelly as he stepped on his shackles

Jos Buttler’s valiant 207-ball innings ended cruelly as he stepped on his shackles

Robinson’s wicket before tea left England with only two wickets left in operation, but with Buttler still there, looking more and more solid and the pink ball aging, a glimmer of hope remained.

This all ended twice in the evening session when Buttler, who had gone deep into his crease with good results, came back again to shove the ball into the blankets and find a single to hold the shot. But it went too far. The gentlest of presses against the strain off his rear foot was enough to remove the bail, put an end to a rebellious 207 ball shot and with it, hopes of a famous England escape.

Australians dismantle England in the last hectic hour

Boxing Day Test got off to a disappointing start for England, they won again cheaply and only managed one wicket in 16 overs before the shackles.

However, the second day was a new day, and it was England’s day. Until it was. After producing an impressive performance on the ball, limiting Australia to a useful, but not insurmountable, 82-point lead in the first innings, the top-order was blown away in the last hour of the day.

Starc hit twice in two balls at the end of the second day in Melbourne

Starc hit twice in two balls at the end of the second day in Melbourne

England’s batting has understandably been the subject of a lot of criticism during this series, but on the second night in Melbourne, Australia’s fast-paced bowlers produced a flurry that even the strongest of batting formations would have struggled to endure.

Outstanding Pat Cummins may still be wondering how he got wicketless, but his relentlessness increased the pressure on the batters and galvanized Starc and Scott Boland, who used two wickets each.

England were shocked as they walked away 31-4. The only question left was how long they could survive the third day. Not much as it turned out.

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