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05-Aug-2019 14:26:00 GMT
Eng vs Aus - 1st Test, Birmingham, day 5

Lyon stars on final day as Australia thrash England

Birmingham: England slumped to a crushing 251-run defeat in the first Ashes Test as a Nathan Lyon-inspired Australia went 1-0 up at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Monday.

Needing to bat out the day to earn a draw - chasing 398 to win was never in the offing - England at one stage lost six wickets for 37 runs on the way to being bowled out for 146.

Lyon took advantage of the worn pitch to claim 6-49, while paceman Pat Cummins picked up 4-32 as the tourists surged to a comprehensive victory.

It puts them ahead in an Ashes series in the UK for the first time in 14 years.

England can rightly point to the fact they have been without pace bowler James Anderson for almost the whole game - he pulled up with a recurrence of a calf injury after bowling only four overs on the first morning.

However, the wisdom of selecting Anderson in the first place can be questioned, while the hosts will also rue a collapse of 4-18 on the third morning, some curious tactics on the fourth day and an awful shot by Jason Roy that began the final-day slump from 60-1.

Brief scores:
Australia 284 (Smith 144, Broad 5-86) and 487 for 7 dec (Smith 142, Wade 110, Stokes 3-85) beat England 374 (Burns 133, Root 57, Stokes 50) and 146 (Lyon 6-49, Cummins 4-32) by 251 runs

In truth, though, this match will be remembered for the brilliance of Australia batsman Steve Smith, whose twin centuries rescued his side from 122-8 in the first innings and again from a deficit of 15 runs when three wickets down in the second.

England have their own problems to address before the second Test at Lord's begins next Wednesday, but none are as big as what to do about Smith.


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