Australia win first Ashes Test 

Australia won the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba by 10 wickets.

Set 170 to win, Australia resumed at 0/114 on day five. They reached 0/173 from 50 overs with David Warner scoring 87 not out and debutant Cameron Bancroft 82 not out.

A masterful century from Australian captain Steve Smith turned a likely first-innings deficit into a 26-run lead. Australia (328) were struggling at 4/76 after 25 overs. Smith (141 not out) complied 99 for the fifth wicket with Shaun Marsh (51) and 66 for the eighth wicket with Pat Cummins (42). Australia seized their unexpected advantage on day four with Josh Hazlewood (3/46), Mitchell Starc (3/51) and Nathan Lyon (3/67) dismissing England for 195. There was some controversy with Moeen Ali (40) stumped by Tim Paine; referred to the third umpire, Ali was given out on a literal line-ball decision. England captain Joe Root scored a half-century (51), with Jonny Bairstow scoring 42 and Mark Stoneman 27.

England made 302 in their first innings (James Vince 83, Dawid Malan 56, Stoneman 53, Ali 38; Starc 3/77, Cummins 3/85, Lyon 2/78).

The second Test – the third straight Day/Night Test at Adelaide Oval – starts Saturday December 2nd.

Featured image: Creative Commons – Nick Redhead

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