Without much of doubt, the Ashes is one of the biggest rivalries in the cricketing arenas. The whole cricketing circle and many of the betting sites were eagerly waiting for the Ashes 2019 series to begin and the first Test match was surely an eventful and sensational spectacle. The visiting Australian team came into Edgbaston with a bitter history, not having won a game against England at the venue in the last 18 years across the three formats of the game.
However, the Tim Paine-led unit defied all the odds and handed a massive 251-run defeat to the World Cup 2019 winning England team. Amidst the ongoing popular Indian domestic T20 league lured by the name, Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019, Ashes 2019 is gaining much more viewership in the Indian cricketing arenas. The Aussies played some remarkable and sensible cricket through the five days of intense battle between the bat and ball. However, hosts England got off to a brilliant start with the ball on Day 1 as veteran speedster Stuart Broad ripped apart the English top-order, leaving Australia reeling at 17/2.
Smith’s sensational ton lifts Australia
England kept losing wickets at one end, while on the other side, the comeback man, Steve Smith, was writing a wonderful script for the cricketing ages. Reviving his team from a deep trouble at 122 for 8, Smith smashed a staggering knock of 144 runs that included of 16 fours and 2 sixes. He stitched important partnerships along of 88 and 74 runs along with Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon respectively, to help Australia finish with 284 runs on the board.
In reply, England were briskly moving towards a big first innings lead riding on the back of an excellent century stroked by opener Rory Burns. The duo of Ben Stokes and Joe Root also compiled vital half-centuries, but the Aussie bowlers did a fine job in the end to restrict England’s first innings lead to 90 runs. Australia didn’t get off to the best of starts in the second innings as well, but once again it was that man, Steve Smith, who stood against the odds.
Lyon rips apart England
Smith smacked his second century of the Test match (142) and composed an outstanding stand of 126 runs along with Mathew Wade, who also scored a handsome innings of 110 runs as Australia declared with 487/7 and burdened England with a record 397-run chase on Day 5. Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon bowled a fabulous spell on the final day, picking up a stupendous six-wicket haul as England got bundled out for just 146 runs in 52.3 overs.