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Australia win first Ashes Test against England by 251 runs

Published: August 05, 2019 21:10:28


England's Joe Root is dismissed after being caught out by Australia's Cameron Bancroft off the bowling of Nathan Lyon during play on the fifth day of the first Ashes cricket Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England on Monday — Reuters

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, Aug 05 (Agencies): Australia beat England by 251 runs to win the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Monday.

England, set a target of 398 to win, collapsed to 146 all out on the last day, with Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon taking 6-49 and fast bowler Pat Cummins 4-32. Victory gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Earlier, chasing the second highest successful run chase in Ashes history, England first innings centurion Rory Burns fell first in the second over of the day for 11. The highest successful run chase ever was Australia getting 404 at Headingley in 1948.

On-field umpire Joel Wilson's poor test continued after Joe Root was twice saved on review, meaning eight of Wilson's decisions have been overturned in this Test, before a disaster from Jason Roy saw him bowled for 28. Joe Denly (11) was next to go, this time a review did not come to his rescue, but the key wicket of captain Joe Root (28), at the hand of Nathan Lyon.

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