Cummins, Lyon bag four apiece; Australia need 281

Australia thrashed England in 273 runs in their second innings, beating their own mark of 281, and won the first Test at Edgbaston under the direction of Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins. Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson, England’s final three batters, extended their innings until the planned tea break although the visitors still had four sessions to finish their target seeking.

Although they faced a brief test late in the morning session. England began to gain momentum and display outstanding performance after lunch. However, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes added 46 runs to the total before Lyon ultimately caught Stokes legbefore.

Stokes, who is the more active of the two, took advantage of the freedom that Scott Boland and Cummins provided by stretching some of each of their restrictions. He attempted to use Boland’s phrases to keep Cummins short. In the point-cover region, Bairstow was able to score a few boundaries off Cummins , but collapsed just as it looked he had regained his way.

Following a brief break, Stokes had to leave the match as he got hit by a delivery from Cummins. He began a review, which gave up fresh evidence that the ball would have struck the legstump. He was the third English batter to fail to reach 50 runs on Monday.

After a challenging series of short-pitched deliveries of Josh Hazlewood, Ollie Robinson and Stuart Broad emerged dangerously near getting caught fending. Despite their best efforts, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith were to flee the fall. But observers could see Moeen Ali hastily flinging the legside.

Australia had to wait 70 balls for the final two batters after reducing England to 229/8 in the third post-lunch session, when England managed to score 44 runs. An exciting fourth inning is achievable thanks to the final job of Lyon and Cummins.

In the first seven balls of the match, Joe Root hauled out three reverse scoops, displaying the home team’s early aggression. Despite three slip fielders and a wicket keeper standing up. He fired a six and a boundary in all of his subsequent two attempts after missing his first attempt. England’s plan for the day started in Boland’s 16-run innings.

Ollie Pope was on 14, before Cummins bowled him with an inswinging yorker, handing Australia their first run. Pope’s primary concern was to avoid the strike, but Root was scoring at almost a ball per run. Boland got her quick cuts and drives after dad.

When Harry Brook started working, Root moved into a supporting role after taking some time to settle in. Lyon brought the offspinner to his assault via a swift pass to Brook. Shortly after the drinks break, Root, who had momentarily slowed downward, opted to attack the offside. After stepping out to the spinner and failing to connect a massive hit, Root got run out for 46 runs.

Even though the ball was still in play, England experienced a significant slowdown after removing Root.

After spending some time in imprisonment, Brook ultimately encountered failure in her attempt to flee. He blasted Lyon straight to the fielder on mid wicket, failing his goal by four runs. The ball nibbled a little, that worried Bairstow and Stokes, yet they fought to stay alive. Review showed the assertion that Bairstow was legbefore in the last over before lunch to be incorrect.

Brief scores:

 England 393/8 decl. (Joe Root 112*, Jonny Bairstow 78, Zak Crawley 61; Nathan Lyon 4-149, Josh Hazlewood 2-61) & 273 (Joe Root 46, Harry Brook 46; Pat Cummins 2-63, Nathan Lyon 2-80) lead Australia 386 (Usman Khawaja 141, Alex Carey 66, Travis Head 50; Ollie Robinson 3-55, Stuart Broad 3-68) by 280 runs.

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