Here is the review of the day’s play in the Australia vs England, Match Review, Day 1:
A fairly good day for Australia after winning the toss. The day’s play can be split into two halves really. Australia were 102/0 from 28 overs at lunch but thereafter scored only 142 runs from the next two sessions for the loss of three wickets. The new ball did come onto the bat well but as the cherry got softer, the track didn’t quite aid strokeplay. Warner got off the blocks quickly and stroked his 21st Test ton although he was stuck a bit in the 90s. That was a phase when England were absolutely accurate with their lines and lengths, aided by Khawaja’s overcautious batting. The centurion fell just before the break and Khawaja departed right after it as the tourists were just about clawing their way back into the game.
However, as has been the story all series, England ran into that man, Steve Smith! He has looked his sublime self and got past yet another fifty while Shaun Marsh has once again shown the reformed batsman that he has been this Ashes. The duo’s unbroken 84-run stand meant that the hosts ended the day with their noses in front, albeit by a small margin. The second new ball is still fresh and England will hope to utilize it well early tomorrow morning. They did try well today but were unlucky at times, that Warner dismissal on 99 when Curran overstepped being the prime example. Australia’s plan is clear, they would want to possibly bat just once on this strip.
This was the review of the game. Please leave your comments and suggestions in the box below.
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