Australia is on the hunt for their Ashes whitewash with a win over England at the SCG. But it was the Sydney weather that hindered the first day’s play. Only 46.5 overs were bowled in the day, which produced an even day’s play.
The Australian batters dominated the first half, but English pacers made a strong comeback later in the day. The top three Australian batters were sent back to the hut after a resilient display of batting by all three of them. Even though the rain took away a half day’s play, the game is very well poised.
Stuart Broad finally gets his man
Stuart Broad has dismissed David Warner 13 times in Test cricket. Yes, this is the headline of the day. After getting Warner in almost every innings in the last Ashes, it took Broad three Test matches to pick up his wicket this time around. Even though Broad’s numbers against the Australian opening batter are magnificent, he has played only two out of the four matches in the series.
Warner was playing pretty well as he scored a gritty knock of 30 off 72 balls. The opening pair also put up a 50-run stand before Broad came into the party to pick the wicket of his bunny, David Warner.
Broad once again took the outside edge of the left-hander’s bat by going around the wicket. Warner was lured into a full-length ball to hit a cover drive but was caught at slips by Zak Crawley. Warner just managed to score five runs in 10 balls off Broad, as the experienced pacer finally got the wicket of the in-form Warner, again.
The story of day 1
Australia managed to fight back after losing Warner’s wicket. After the opening partnership was broken, the bowlers kept things tight, and the batters were unable to score. It was Labuschagne and Harris’ partnership of 60 off 110 balls that helped stabilize the home side’s position. They could have easily shattered as the pitch was helping the seam bowlers. Their stubborn display of batting didn’t let the visitors conquer the batting line-up.
It was an even day as the visitors hunted the wickets of Harris and Labuschagne late in the day. Anderson and Wood’s two consecutive overs balanced the day’s play. Despite getting off to a good start, Marcus Harris was nicked off by Jimmy Anderson. Wood came into the picture in the very next over, picking up the important wicket of Labuschagne, who is the man in form.
The stage is all set for yet another crackling Ashes contest between these two giant sides. It is only if the rain doesn’t come again that we will be able to witness an amazing game of cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground. England needs to pick the remaining wickets as soon as possible, before the Australian batters, especially the classy Steve Smith, capitalize. The game is evenly poised after the end of Day 1.