How Australia beat England in the Ashes to win the Ashes
Posted On August 9, 2021
The Australian batsmen took a huge step towards redemption in the first Test, beating England to win in dramatic fashion.
Key points:New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum scored a century in the last over of the first ODI against Australia in HobartThe two teams were both in the midst of an unprecedented run of poor form that has seen them lose two series in successionNew Zealand had been in the dark about the fate of their captain Brenden McCullum, who was unable to travel due to a back injury.
A day after losing captain Brendo Test cricket was finally restored in Hobarth on Saturday with McCullum and New Zealand’s spinners making their first Test appearance in more than a decade.
The pair of pacers made their first appearance since the opening day of the series in Hobarts, after McCullum was ruled out of the next two Tests due to an ongoing back injury, but he is set to return for Australia’s second Test against New Zealand in Adelaide on Sunday.
McCullum’s absence means Australia will have a new captain in the middle of the Ashes, as Australia captain Steven Smith and New England’s bowlers have been in contention for the role since their second series win over Australia.
New Zealand have the best bowling record in the series, with captain Brendons captain Nathan Lyon also expected to be in contention.
But McCullum’s innings against Australia was the first time he has started the series as a bowler, as he replaced the injured Jonny Bairstow.
McCullum started Australia’s first innings with the ball on his chest, with England’s batsmen being forced to cover him.
The bowlers were then forced to try and keep their wickets together, with McCullums first ball being a soft bouncer to the right-hander, Aaron Finch, who got a boundary off a boundary-taking catch from Smith.
In a move that has raised the eyebrows of cricket fans, McCullum struck a bouncer off the back of a ball that had been caught by Finch.
He went on to bowl another ball from the side leg for the second wicket, which was the fourth over of his innings.
Australia were still batting when McCullum left the field.
McCullums dismissal also gave the Australians the opportunity to win an extra wicket in the second Test, when they lost wicketless opener Steve Smith for a third time in a row.
The batsmen, who have lost two Tests and seven wickets in a series, are still confident they can turn the corner, and they have already begun to get on track.
Smith was a match-winner against England in Hoborys, but Australia are expected to try to take a lead into Adelaide on Monday.
Australia’s next match is against the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.
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