Ashes 2023: Australia claims a stunning win in the opening Test

Ashes 2023

Ashes 2023: Australia managed to win one of the greatest Ashes Test matches ever, defeating England by two wickets, and now leads the series 1-0.

Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon recorded an unbroken 55 on the ninth wicket to overcome the hostile crowd and help Australia reach their total of 281 during an extremely stressful final day of another Edgbaston classic.

By doing so, they exacted retribution for Australia’s infamous two-run loss on this pitch in the year 2000, when the tailenders just missed a target of 282.

Cummins’ unbroken 44 and Lyon’s undefeated 16 helped Australia win the Ashes by the fewest wickets since 1907.

When England’s captain Ben Stokes bowled Usman Khawaja for 65 with a miraculous slower ball, and Joe Root successfully held an incredible return catch from Alex Carey, it appeared as though England was on the verge of triumph.

However, Cummins and Lyon swung the bat at England’s short-ball strategy to bring Australia closer as a tense match entered its last hour. When there were still 37 runs remaining, Stokes came close to dismissing Lyon with a diving catch. The skipper lost control of the ball as he dove backwards at square leg.

 A diving Harry Brook fumbled after Cummins sent Ollie Robinson toward third man with three runs needed and less than five overs remaining, giving Australia an unbelievable triumph.

Ashes 2023: Full Scorecard

England 1st Innings 

Zak Crawley c †Carey b Boland61731187083.56
Ben Duckett c †Carey b Hazlewood12101820120.00
Ollie Pope lbw b Lyon3144602070.45
Joe Root not out1181522697477.63
Harry Brook b Lyon3237454086.48
Ben Stokes (c)c †Carey b Hazlewood1860012.50
Jonny Bairstow †st †Carey b Lyon7878102120100.00
Moeen Ali st †Carey b Lyon18171921105.88
Stuart Broad b Green1621222076.19
Ollie Robinson not out1731302054.83
Extras(lb 6, nb 3)9
TOTAL78 Ov (RR: 5.03)393/8d
Did not bat: James Anderson 
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Ben Duckett, 3.4 ov), 2-92 (Ollie Pope, 17.6 ov), 3-124 (Zak Crawley, 26.4 ov), 4-175 (Harry Brook, 37.2 ov), 5-176 (Ben Stokes, 38.4 ov), 6-297 (Jonny Bairstow, 61.4 ov), 7-323 (Moeen Ali, 65.5 ov), 8-350 (Stuart Broad, 70.4 ov) • DRS
Pat Cummins1405904.2100
Josh Hazlewood1516124.0600
Scott Boland1408616.1400
Nathan Lyon29114945.1300
Cameron Green603215.3303

Australia 1st Innings 

David Warner b Broad927482033.33
Usman Khawaja b Robinson14132147814343.92
Marnus Labuschagne c †Bairstow b Broad011000.00
Steven Smith lbw b Stokes1659690027.11
Travis Head c Crawley b Ali5063698179.36
Cameron Green b Ali3868854155.88
Alex Carey †b Anderson669912810166.66
Pat Cummins (c)c Stokes b Robinson3862910361.29
Nathan Lyon c Duckett b Robinson16100016.66
Scott Boland c Pope b Broad055000.00
Josh Hazlewood not out11500100.00
Extras(b 4, lb 6, nb 15, w 1)26
TOTAL116.1 Ov (RR: 3.32)386
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (David Warner, 10.1 ov), 2-29 (Marnus Labuschagne, 10.2 ov), 3-67 (Steven Smith, 26.6 ov), 4-148 (Travis Head, 45.3 ov), 5-220 (Cameron Green, 67.1 ov), 6-338 (Alex Carey, 98.4 ov), 7-372 (Usman Khawaja, 112.4 ov), 8-377 (Nathan Lyon, 114.3 ov), 9-378 (Scott Boland, 115.3 ov), 10-386 (Pat Cummins, 116.1 ov) • DRS
Stuart Broad2346832.9507
Ollie Robinson22.155532.4811
James Anderson2155312.5200
Harry Brook31501.6601
Moeen Ali33414724.4500
Ben Stokes703314.7106
Joe Root731502.1400

England 2nd Innings 

Zak Crawley c †Carey b Boland725490028.00
Ben Duckett c Green b Cummins1928461067.85
Ollie Pope b Cummins1416422087.50
Joe Root st †Carey b Lyon4655795183.63
Harry Brook c Labuschagne b Lyon4652815088.46
Ben Stokes (c)lbw b Cummins43661155065.15
Jonny Bairstow †lbw b Lyon2039583051.28
Moeen Ali c †Carey b Hazlewood1931422161.29
Ollie Robinson c Green b Lyon2744612061.36
Stuart Broad not out1029510034.48
James Anderson c †Carey b Cummins1214182085.71
Extras(lb 9, nb 1)10
TOTAL66.2 Ov (RR: 4.11)273
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Ben Duckett, 8.4 ov), 2-27 (Zak Crawley, 9.1 ov), 3-77 (Ollie Pope, 16.6 ov), 4-129 (Joe Root, 25.1 ov), 5-150 (Harry Brook, 33.4 ov), 6-196 (Jonny Bairstow, 45.3 ov), 7-210 (Ben Stokes, 48.2 ov), 8-229 (Moeen Ali, 54.4 ov), 9-256 (Ollie Robinson, 61.5 ov), 10-273 (James Anderson, 66.2 ov) • DRS
Pat Cummins18.216343.4300
Josh Hazlewood1014814.8001
Nathan Lyon2428043.3300
Scott Boland1226115.0800
Cameron Green201206.0000

Australia 2nd Innings (T: 281 runs)

Usman Khawaja b Stokes651973187032.99
David Warner c †Bairstow b Robinson3657754063.15
Marnus Labuschagne c †Bairstow b Broad1315203086.66
Steven Smith c †Bairstow b Broad613191046.15
Scott Boland c †Bairstow b Broad2040532050.00
Travis Head c Root b Ali1624363066.66
Cameron Green b Robinson2866752042.42
Alex Carey †c & b Root2050632040.00
Pat Cummins (c)not out4473954260.27
Nathan Lyon not out1628622057.14
Extras(lb 10, nb 8)18
TOTAL92.3 Ov (RR: 3.04)282/8
Did not bat: Josh Hazlewood 
Fall of wickets: 1-61 (David Warner, 17.4 ov), 2-78 (Marnus Labuschagne, 21.3 ov), 3-89 (Steven Smith, 25.3 ov), 4-121 (Scott Boland, 37.2 ov), 5-143 (Travis Head, 44.5 ov), 6-192 (Cameron Green, 63.4 ov), 7-209 (Usman Khawaja, 71.6 ov), 8-227 (Alex Carey, 80.3 ov) • DRS
James Anderson1715603.2901
Stuart Broad2136433.0404
Ollie Robinson18.374322.3203
Moeen Ali1425714.0700
Joe Root1524312.8600
Ben Stokes72911.2800

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