Australia clinched a comfortable victory in the first game of 2017/18 Ashes clash at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba (Brisbane).
England decided to bat first after winning the toss. They made 302 runs in their first innings which was replied by Australia with 328 runs. At the end of first innings fights, Australia took 26 runs lead over England.
England was bowled out for just 195 runs in their second innings and gave a 170 runs target to victory for Australia. Australia easily reached the target without losing any wickets (173/0).
Australia won this match by 10 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the 5-match Ashes series.
Brief Scores: England – 302 (James Vince 83, Dawid Malan 56, Mitchell Starc 3/77) & 195 (Joe Root 51, Jonny Bairstow 42, Josh Hazlewood 3/46)
Australia – 328 (Steven Smith 141*, Shaun Marsh 51, Stuart Broad 3/49) & 173/0 (David Warner 87*, Cameron Bancroft 82*)
Result – Australia won by 10 wickets
Here are some important statistical highlights of the 1st Test:
- Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine made a Test comeback after 78 Test matches. It is the joint most no.of matches missed by an Australian player in Test cricket history. Former Australian left-arm spinner Brad Hogg had also missed 78 Test matches before making a Test comeback.
- During Australia’s first innings, Australian skipper Steven Smith completed his century in 261 balls. Since 1993, it is the slowest century for Australia in an Ashes Test.
- During their first innings, Australian captain Steven Smith remained unbeaten on 141 runs. In the Ashes history, it is the third highest knock by a skipper at this venue (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane). The top three innings on this list are given below:
Top three knocks in the Ashes history by a skipper at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
|Name (Team)||Runs scored||Year|
|Ricky Ponting (Australia)||196||2006|
|Sir Donald Bradman (Australia)||187||1946|
|Steven Smith (Australia)||141*||2017|
- During England’s second innings, English wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow scored 42 runs. Since 1970, it is the highest individual knock by an English wicketkeeper-batsman at this ground (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane).
On the other hand, it was the third highest individual knock by an English wicketkeeper-batsman at this venue (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane). Here is the top three list:
Top individual knocks by an English wicketkeeper-batsman at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
5. Australia successfully chased the target of 170 runs without losing any wickets (173/0). In the Ashes history, it is the joint second highest successful chase at this venue (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane). Here is the list:
Highest successful chases at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane in the Ashes history
- Australia won this Test match by 10 wickets. It is the sixth time in Ashes history when Australia won by 10 wickets.
Also, it is the second time in Ashes history when Australia won by 10 wickets at this venue (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane). Here is the list when Australia won by 10 wickets in the Ashes history:
|Australia’s winning margin||Venue||Year|