Ashes 2021-2022, 1st test at Stumps: Rain curtailed Day 1 after the Aussies wrapped up England for 147

Ashes 2021-2022, 1st test at Stumps: Rain curtailed Day 1 after the Aussies wrapped up England for 147

Ashes 2021-2022, 1st test: The much-anticipated Ashes 2021-2022 series between Australia & England kickstarted with a bang on December 8 at the Gabba. However, after the completion of the first innings, early stumps was called off on Day 1 of the first test due to continuous rains. Only 50.1 overs were bowled on the day.

It was the day of the Aussies squad as they bundled England’s innings for 147 runs inside the first two sessions as the newly appointed captain Pat Cummins shone with his maiden five-wicket haul against England in test cricket.

The match unfolded with England winning the toss & opting to bat first. Australia began the match by scalping the prized wicket of Rory Burns right off the first ball of the series. Mitchell Starc struck & grabbed the crucial wicket of Rory Burns to help Australia take a lead right in the first session of Day one.

Josh Hazlewood then dismantled England’s batting order by grabbing the wickets of Dawid Malan and Joe Root. Hazlewood dismissed Joe Root on 0. Pat Cummins then took the charge of Australia’s bowling attack & removed Ben Stokes for just five runs. Soon England was reeling at 59 for 4 at Lunch as the batters failed to turn Joe Root’s decision of batting first fruitful at the Gabba in an overcast weather condition.

Ashes 2021-2022, 1st Test: Pat Cummins wreaked havoc with the ball by registering five wicket haul

Haseeb Hameed who played a disciplined knock in the first session, stitched a 31 run stand with Ollie Pope for the fifth wicket but Cummins showed his tricks & caught the in-form opener right in teh first over after Lunch. Jos Buttler and Pope counter-attacked in a bid to revive England’s innings with a 52-run stand but Starc came back to get Buttler out for 39.

Chris Woakes amassed 29 runs but Pat Cummins cleaned up England’s lower order with his stunning five-wicket haul. Cameron Green removed Pope to claim his first Test wicket while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood picked two wickets each. Australia’s lethal bowling attack wrapped up visitors’ innings for just 174 runs by the end of the second session on Day 1.

However, the second innings didn’t commence as Rain washed off the entire third session with David Warner and Marcus Harris didn’t come out to open the innings for Australia on Day 1.  Day 2 of the first test will commence with Australia’s innings. The host will look ahead to capitalize their stellar bowling performance by displaying a firing show with the bat. Australia’s only aim will be to post a huge first-innings total to take an unassailable lead in the first test against England.

On the other hand, Having headed into the first Test without their two experienced bowlers in Stuart Broad and James Anderson, England will have a tough task of outclassing Aussies batters by grabbing some early wickets when they come out to play on Thursday morning at the Gabba.

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