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THE first Test match of the 2010/11 Ashes series at The Gabba in Brisbane ended in a Draw, but not after some truly epic scorecards were produced.

England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat first. This ruled out the possibility of a repeat of the infamous first ball of the last series down-under (Steve Harmison bowled a wide to second slip).

The first thing Ponting will lose this winter.

Unfortunately Australia had something to laugh about after just three balls this time when Strauss was caught by Michael Hussey of the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus for a duck. 😦

Oh Duck!

From being 0-1, 41-2, 117-3 and 125-4 England got the score up to 197-4. Then Peter Siddle came on to bowl. The Birthday boy, 26, then took the first Ashes Hat-Trick since England’s Darren Gough took three wickets in as many balls in Sydney in 1999. Siddle dismissed Alastair Cook for 67 (caught Shane Watson), bowled England’s wicketkeeper Matt Prior for a golden duck and dismissed Stuart Broad L.B.W.

Siddle appeals for L.B.W. against Broad for his Hat-Trick.

 

Broad is given out, and Siddle is destined not to remember anything more of his Birthday.

We were now 197-7 and were it not for Ian Bell’s 76 we would have gotten nowhere near our eventual total of 260. Siddle finished the innings with bowling figures of 6-54.

Australia’s reply got off to a shaky start and at one point they were 143-5. But a Gabba partnership record of 307 runs between Michael Hussey (195 caught Alastair Cook of Steven Finn) and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (136 caught Paul Collingwood of Graeme Swann) helped Australia to a first innings total of 481 and a lead of 221 runs.

Hussey reaches three figures. Haddin will later go on to reach this mark as well.

 Finn (below) matched Siddle by taking six wickets but conceded 125 runs in the process.

Things looked grim. Surly we couldn’t get hammered by an innings in the first Test?

Fortunately Strauss, Cook and Trott wrote themselves into the record books and saved England’s first innings blushes. Captain Strauss scored 110 before being stumped by Haddin of the bowling of Marcus North. He and Cook had put on an opening stand of 188 runs between them. This beat the record for the largest England opening partnership at The Gabba, during which they overtook the great Sir Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe as England’s largest scoring opening batsmen.

Strauss celebrates his 100.

 But the loss of Strauss was only a slight setback. Cook and new-man-in Trott put on a massive Hussey and Haddin record breaking 329 run partnership for the second wicket. Cook – who had an average summer – had scored a career high 235 not out, beating Sir Don Bradman’s previous Gabba record of 226.

“The greatest innings by an Englishman I’ve ever seen.” – Andrew Strauss.

Trott 135 not out when Strauss declared the England innings on a jaw-dropping 517-1. It is not every day that the top three batsmen all score tons! 😀

Well done lads!

This set Australia 297 to win off of 41 overs. Simon Katich was out for just 4 (caught Strauss of Broad) and the Aussies were 5-1. But Shane Watson and Captain Ricky Ponting held on scoring 41 not out and 51 not out respectively as Australia ended the last day on 107-1.

I was seriously worried halfway through this Test match about England’s chances of getting anything out of it that was positive. But we have shown the Aussies that we are made of stronger stuff than four years ago.

All Australians beware! We are coming to get you at Adelaide…BRING IT ON!

England officially pwne Aussie bowlers!

 

Ashes 2010/11 1st Test – The Gabba, Brisbane

England won the toss and elected to bat

England

vs.

Australia

260 (76.5 overs @ 3.38 rpo)

1st Innings

481 (158.4 overs @ 3.03 rpo)

I.R. Bell 76 (131)

M.E.K. Hussey 195 (330)

P.M. Siddle 6-54

S.T. Finn 6-125

517-1 dec. (152 overs @ 3.40 rpo)

2nd Innings

107-1 (26 overs @ 4.12 rpo)

A.N. Cook 235* (428)

R.T. Ponting 51* (43)

M.J. North 1-47

S.C.J. Broad 1-18

Umpires – Aleem Dar (Pak) and Billy Doctrove (WI)

Match Drawn – Series level at 0-0 with four Tests remaining

Man of the Match = A.N. Cook (England)

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