Player of the Match
Player of the Match
202dThe Report by David Hopps

Moeen stars as England's pressure brings rewards

Any England supporter with the vaguest sense of Ashes history would have felt mild trepidation as they defended a first-innings score of 430 on a sunny Cardiff day

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JE Root
JE Root
134(166) 17x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 33 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
17 9 22 15 46 11 6 8
CJL Rogers
95(133) 11x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 21 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
16 10 9 11 10 4 12 23

Best performances - Bowlers

MA Starc
MA Starc
O24.1
M4
R114
W5
Eco4.71
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
2W
NM Lyon
NM Lyon
O20.1
M4
R75
W4
Eco3.71
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
2W

Commentator: Andrew McGlashan

Superb all-round victory for England who win by 169 runs. Moeen and Root share five wickets in the second innings and Moeen takes five in the match, coupled with his runs, but no doubt who will be Man of the Match. What a game for Root. He leads the team off to a standing ovation.

Mark Wood the first to speak: "It's fantastic, to be 1-0 up is fantastic. The crowd have been immense. We bowled to our strengths. The atmosphere was amazing. They were singing 'if you're 1-0 up stand up' and I had to try and keep my professional face on."

I'll stay with you to bring the presentations shortly. Will be interesting to hear from Michael Clarke.

Justin: "Congratulations England. Australia, Watson has to go, pull yourselves together this is test match cricket and this series is alive, the worst thing for England is to over celebrate one victory and for Australia to be too negative about one loss, the important thing is learning from it."

England players sat on the balcony, already with a drink in hand (and don't think it's the isotonic type). I'm sure they'll have a few with the Aussies, too, later.

Don: "Guess Haddin finally learned what all the hype around England was. Well done to England though, many people, including myself, didn't give them a chance. "

sir don: "We are the champs. Will comrback strongly. Will trounce strongly. Will catapult strongly. #Aussies."

Michael Clarke "Cut a long story short, we were outplayed in all three facets of the game. England were exceptional. We have work to do. England deserve a lot of credit. We looked to play positive, but whatever we tried didn't work. When you get in, you have to cash in. I'm extremely excited that we have to play better at Lord's. We just haven't played our best cricket. [On Starc] He was able to bowl and get through, so that's a positive, hopefully he will be available for Lord's."

Alastair Cook "Brilliant performance, the crowd have been fantastic. English cricket this summer, we appreciate the support. This Test couldn't have gone any better, we'll enjoy the bat. Thought Joe Root was brilliant and the bowlers superb on a slow wicket. Everyone was talking about the past, but this is a different side. You can't change the past but you can learnt from it. We'll come back and try to put in back-to-back performances at Lord's. We worked really hard on our catching in Spain, quite a few soar hands coming back from that."

Man of the Match, no surprise, is Joe Root "Really thrilled to be part of this win, as a team we were exceptional. First up in an Ashes you want to put a marker down, hopefully we can back it up at Lord's. I managed to just get through early in my innings, but you just have to ride the wave. Thankfully it was my day. When they attack, I fell it's the best time to attack as well. I've always had someone at the other end to build partnerships, thought Gary and Ben were exceptional."

That just about wraps things up for our live coverage of this match. We'll be back on Thursday to bring you all the action from the second Test at Lord's. Can Australia bounce back or is the force with England? We'll soon find out. We'll have plenty of analysis and reaction through the evening, starting with the match report. For now, though, from Gnasher, Alan and Karthik it's goodbye and thanks for all your comments during the game.

70.3
W
Ali to Hazlewood, OUT, in the air...and it's all over! And who else would take the catch but Joe Root! Tossed up by Moeen, Hazlewood tries to go down the ground, gets underneath the ball and Root settles under it at long-off

JR Hazlewood c Root b Ali 14 (17m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

Morgan: "Are we sure Ashton Agar isn't able to come out and bat?"

70.2
0
Ali to Hazlewood, no run, a little fuller, on middle, defended
70.1
0
Ali to Hazlewood, no run, round the wicket, defended on the back foot

END OF OVER:
70 | (wicket maiden) | AUS: 242/9

  • Nathan Lyon0 (5b)
  • Josh Hazlewood14 (14b)
  • Joe Root6-1-28-2
  • Moeen Ali16-4-59-2
69.6
0
Root to Lyon, no run, a little wider outside off, onto the front foot and pats to silly point
69.5
0
Root to Lyon, no run, prods forward and blocks
69.4
0
Root to Lyon, no run, appeal for lbw, Lyon going for the sweep, got outside the line of off stump

Four men around the bat and a short midwicket

Johnson on the cusp

0

Number of Australian batsmen who have scored a 4th innings century when batting at No. 8 or below

Take lead, win Ashes

15

Number of times in the last 17 Ashes that the team taking a 1-0 lead has won the series. Exceptions were in 2005 and 1997.

A persisting problem

29

Number of times Shane Watson has been dismissed LBW, the most for any Australian batsman in the last 10 years

Smith does have a weakness

29.3

Steven Smith's batting average in the 4th innings of a Test match. He averages 89.6 in the first innings

Costly? we'll find out

4

Chris Rogers' score when he was dropped by Joe Root off James Anderson's bowling in the 3rd over of the inns

Twin Successes

2

Instances in the last 22 years of an England batsman making a hundred and a fifty during a home Ashes Test - Root & Bell

An Innings of 2 halves

32

Balls faced by Ian Bell for his first 31 runs. He needed 57 balls for his next 29 runs

All or nothing

49

Runs scored by England between the 12th and 16th overs (run rate of 9.8). The 11th and 17th overs were maidens

Jimmy jumps Curtly

406

Number of Test wickets for Anderson, overtaking Ambrose (405) to go 11th on the overall list of top wicket-takers in Tests

Australia up against it

1

Instances of ENG losing an Ashes Test at home after gaining a lead of 100+ runs in the 1st innings - at Old Trafford, 1961

Brad the Bunny

7

Number of times James Anderson has dismissed Brad Haddin, more than any other bowler

not capitalising

1

Instance of Nos. 3, 4, 5 & 6 being dismissed in the 30s - happened to Smith, Clarke, Voges and Watson in the 1st innings