1st Test, Lord's, Jul 21-24 2005, Australia tour of England and Scotland
190 & 384
(58.1 ov, target 420)
155 & 180
Australia won by 239 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Australia complete crushing 239-run win

Australia surged to a crushing 239-run win in the opening Ashes Test, with more than a day to spare, despite being frustrated by heavy rain

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Scorecard summary
Australia190(40.2 overs)1st Innings
Shane Warne28 (29)
Steve Harmison5/43(11.2)
Simon Jones2/48(10)
England155(48.1 overs)1st Innings
Brett Lee3/47(15.1)
Australia384(100.4 overs)2nd Innings
England180(58.1 overs)2nd Innings

And that, is the end of that! Australia have taken a 1-0 lead in this Ashes series

In fine style Australia have pulled off a win at Lord's

England were hopeful their resurgent team could take the fight to Australia. But the scorebook shows that Australia wrapped up victory by 239 runs in just a shade over three days

England have a lot of work to do if they are to pull things back in this series. Ricky Ponting and his men don't often let go of a lead when they have it ...

There's no need to look too far for the Man of the Match. When Australia were in deep trouble after being bowled out for 190 Glenn McGrath cut England to ribbons. His 9 for 82 in this match are his best figures in a Test in England.

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Michael Vaughan of England, the losing captain, comes forward to have a chat:

It's been a tough game. Good effort to bowl out Australia for 190. Then McGrath bowled well and took it away from us.'

'You have to give credit to Harmison, McGrath, Lee and Warne who bowled well and put pressure on the batsmen in this wicket. Pietersen's batting on debut was outstanding.'

'Bit of pressure and perhaps a lack of concentration,' says Vaughan on the number of dropped catches

Now the winning captain, Ricky Ponting, comes forward to have a chat

'Very good Test win for us. After being bowled out for 190 to bounce back like that was a sign of the quality of the players in our team. McGrath and Warne bowled outstandingly.'

'Both teams were out their trying to put a stamp on the series early on. England bowled well. It was a tough contest and you like that.'

'They always do the job for us, particularly in big matches.' says Ponting of Warne and McGrath

And it's official. The Man of the Match is Glenn McGrath

'To have the chance to take my 500th wicket here, not much can beat that,' says McGrath

McGrath waves out to the crowd who give him some warm applause and that is the end of proceedings at Lord's

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McGrath to SP Jones, OUT
back of a length and outside the off, shot played,straightforward edge to Shane Warne at first slip and he pouches it!
SP Jones c Warne b McGrath 0 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
end of over 5812 runs
ENG: 180/9CRR: 3.1 
Kevin Pietersen64 (79)
Simon Jones0 (5)
Shane Warne20-2-64-4
Warne to Pietersen, FOUR runs
tossed up and outside the off, Pietersen gets to the pitch of the ball beautifully and hits it over long-off for four!
Warne to Pietersen, no run
Warne charges in and sends down a bouncer! Good stuff this from Warne! Pietersen leaves it alone!
Warne to Pietersen, no run
full toss, driven to long-off
Warne to Pietersen, no run
on the off, spinning away, driven inside out through cover but Pietersen decides against the single. After exposing both Hoggard and Harmison Pietersen has now decided to shield Jones
Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs
this time dragged wide of midwicket for a brace
Warne to Pietersen, SIX runs
slog sweep to a tossed up delivery and Pietersen has made the cleanest contact possible! That is a huge six over midwicket. Some shot that from Pietersen!
end of over 571 runs
ENG: 168/9CRR: 2.94 
Simon Jones0 (5)
Kevin Pietersen52 (73)
Glenn McGrath17-2-29-3
McGrath to SP Jones, no run
short one banged in, left alone to the keeper
McGrath to SP Jones, no run
back of a length and on the stumps, defended to the bowler
McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run
full and on the stumps, clipped to the leg side for a single
McGrath to Pietersen, no run
fullish and outside the off, Pietersen has a thrash at it, the ball goes off the bottom edge and bounces to Gilchrist
McGrath to Pietersen, no run
back of a length and outside the off, punched to cover
McGrath to Pietersen, no run
fullish and on the off, swinging in a touch, defended back down the pitch
end of over 563 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 167/9CRR: 2.98 
Simon Jones0 (3)
Kevin Pietersen51 (69)
Shane Warne19-2-52-4
Warne to SP Jones, no run
tossed up and outside the off, Jones drives hard and the ball spins sharply and goes between bat and pad and misses the stumps by just milimetres! How fitting that would have been, a wicket more for Warne and his name written down in history at Lord's
Warne to SP Jones, no run
another striaght one, just outside the off, Jones plays for the turn and misses
Warne to SP Jones, no run
full and on the stumps, Jones defends back down the pitch

Shane Warne now needs just one more wicket to get his name on the honours board in the dressing room at Lord's. He hasn't managed that in his career so far. But can the champion do it here?

Warne to Harmison, OUT
straight on, pitching on the stumps, missing off, certainly missing leg, but crashing into the middle stump halfway up if Harmison hadn't got a pad in the way! That is plumb!
SJ Harmison lbw b Warne 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Warne to Pietersen, 1 run
back of a length and on the stumps, driven to long-on
Best performances - batsmen
MJ Clarke
91 runs (106)
15 fours
0 sixes
SM Katich
67 runs (113)
8 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
SJ Harmison
GD McGrath
Match details
Lord's, London
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of England and Scotland
Player Of The Match
Glenn McGrath
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1756
Match days21,22,23,24 July 2005 (5-day match)
Test debut
Kevin Pietersen
Aleem Dar
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
Mark Benson
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle