England Go 1-0 Up In Ashes Series

Superb bowling displays from Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali helped England win the first Ashes Test on day four as they dismissed Australia for 242 to seal a 169 run victory at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Saturday.  The Australians had a massive task on their hands as they required a hefty 412 runs to win the Test.  It was the English who landed the first blow as Stuart Broad and Ian Bell combined to remove Chris Rogers (10) after nine overs.

Steve Smith partnered David Warner in the centre, with the latter managing to reach 52 to claim his 15th Test half-century before being dismissed by Ali with the final ball before lunch to end Warner and Smith’s 78 run partnership.  Things went from bad to worse for the Aussies as they lost the wickets of Smith (33), Michael Clarke (4) and Adam Voges (1) in the space of five overs.  Ali claimed his second wicket of the day through Brad Haddin (7) leaving Australia at 122/6.

Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson (19) stemmed the fall of wickets before Watson departed as Australia were 162/7 at tea.  England needed three wickets to win in Cardiff.  Johnson (77) became the innings’ highest scorer as he reached his 11th Test half-century before being dismissed by Joe Root.

Josh Hazlewood was the last wicket to fall as Ali claimed his third scalp of the match to give the English a 1-0 series lead.  Root was awarded he man of the match award.