RESULT
1st Test, Brisbane, December 08 - 11, 2021, England tour of Australia
147 & 297
(T:20) 425 & 20/1

Australia won by 9 wickets

Player Of The Match
152
travis-head
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Scorecard summary
England 147/10(50.1 overs)
1st INNINGS
Jos Buttler 39 (58)
Ollie Pope 35 (79)
Pat Cummins5/38 (13.1)
Mitchell Starc2/35 (12)
Australia 425/10(104.3 overs)
1st INNINGS
Travis Head 152 (148)
David Warner 94 (176)
Ollie Robinson3/58 (23)
Mark Wood3/85 (25.3)
England 297/10(103 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Joe Root 89 (165)
Dawid Malan 82 (195)
Nathan Lyon4/91 (34)
Cameron Green2/23 (12)
Australia 20/1(5.1 overs)
2nd INNINGS

1.30pm: That's a wrap for the first Test, and Australia will leave Brisbane feeling pretty rapt after a thumping win. England haven't come from behind to win in an Ashes in Australia since 1954-55, so they've got their work cut out for them - much rests on the day-night Test in Adelaide, starting next Thursday, and with the potential for James Anderson and Stuart Broad to make a delayed entry to the fray. Postman Pat will be hoping his side delivers more of the same. We'll be back for that, of course, but plenty more to come on this Test - so stick around for that. Thanks for your comments, as always, it's nice to have some company in the mezzanine hours. From myself and Matt, Thilak, Venkat and the rest of the team, it's cheerio for now. Time to get some sleep. Bye!

1.18pm: Time for the presentations, starting with Joe Root: "Frustration, we worked really hard to get ourselves back in the game last night and we knew how important it was to try and get through to the new ball unscathed. If we carried that partnership forward we could have given ourselves an opportunity. You saw how the pitch was playing, there was sideways movement and the cracks were appearing. It's a shame we couldn't get through that initial period. [Selection] We wanted variation in our attack, to change the pace and move through different gears. Easy with hindsight [to criticise], but can't create as many chances as we did and put them down. Similar with the bat, [29-4] is not the way to start a Test series. But we know where we need to improve, and the way we responded in the second innings showed fight which will stand us in good stead. [Leach travails] Jack's a fine spinner, he's shown what an instrumental part he can play, and I'm sure he will in the series moving forward. Important in a five-match series not to feel too sorry for ourselves, relish the challenge to go out there and try and get one back. There are good things to take, most importantly the bowling effort. Created chances and felt in the game for a long time. Need to learn from this and come back stronger."

The winning skipper, Pat Cummins: "I really enjoyed it, a lot of things did go right, probably from the toss - overcast conditions, wicket had a bit in it, turn up day two and it's blue skies. So someone was smiling on me. Really proud of everyone, complete performance, the bowlers did their thing, then Marnus and Davey's partnership and the way Travis played. Sign of a positive, brave side. I was really happy about how everyone stuck to it, we bowled without luck yesterday. Turned up positive and not thinking about too much other than trying to get that breakthrough. [Head] That's why we want him in the side, he can take a game away in a couple of hours. He showed what he can do, bright future, hopefully he's away now. [Hazlewood] Bit sore yesterday, trying to get him through as it's a five-match series. Didn't want to break him yesterday but pulled up okay today. [Warner] When we had 20 to get we couldn't find him. He's fine, didn't want to risk him, think he'll be fine for Adelaide."

Travis Head is named Man of the Match, but BT Sport don't think their UK viewership wants to hear from him, so you'll have to check back later and see what he said in the post-match pressers. Ah, Gnasher's grabbed him off Fox: "The staff and Pat, JL, were fantastic with their communication, gave me real clarity. Great to get the nod, was a fantastic week and a great starting point for us. A lot of credit to Davey and Marnus' partnership, they set me up to take my opportunity. Learnt a lot from the way Jos Buttler played. Was a tough wicket in stages. I rode my luck and took my opportunities, nice to contribute. [Celebration] Rode the wave of emotion with the crowd, and Starcy, loved every minute of it." Gold

1.10pm: Marnus Labuschagne strolls back in alongside Harris, having just strolled out. The Gabba is back in business. A win in his first Test as captain for Pat Cummins, and Australia grab first-mover advantage at their traditional Ashes stronghold. They might have been beaten by India here at the start of the year, but the Poms were never going to get a sniff. From Joe Root's decision to bat on the first morning onwards, pretty much everything went awry for England - although there was an oasis of calm while Root and Dawid Malan were batting yesterday. Rumbled under cloudy skies for 147 (including a wicket off the very first ball of the series), they were then roasted in the Brisbane heat, with Travis Head's 152 pretty much putting a fork in the contest. Making Australia bat again was about as good as it got after that, and they'll have plenty to work on to try and be competitive as the series moves to Adelaide

Pranay: "Gabbatoir is back!"

Neil Visser: "England have been pathetic this year. India rolled them over twice and I have a feeling this series will be 5-0 to Australia. Only 4 wins and some massive defeats."

Ben: "Is that it? I don't have any cricket to watch today? It is Friday night here in Toronto"

Andrew Leckonby: "Another 'First' for Australia to go with Green's wicket and Carey's 'everything': Labus-champagne's first Not Out of his Test career!"

5.1
4
Wood to Harris, FOUR runs

pitched up, 145kp/90mph outside off, Harris stabs it through point and the ball will run away... Australia win by nine wickets and go 1-0 up in the series!

Wood comes on for Woakes... Australia just need four to win

"Is over rate calculated for overall match or per innings? If it is per match, it would have been better if they bowl Leach and Root to cover first innings slow over rate, maybe?" It's across the match, Bharath. But not really enough scope defending 20 to make up time from the first innings - so we await their punishment on that front

end of over 55 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 16/1CRR: 3.20 
Marcus Harris5 (9)
Ollie Robinson 3-0-13-1
Chris Woakes 2-0-3-0
4.6
W
Robinson to Carey, OUT

nicked him off! Carey won't get to hit the winning runs after fishing at one outside off, tickled through to the keeper. Robinson picks up a his fourth wicket of a pretty decent first Ashes outing

Alex Carey c †Buttler b Robinson 9 (24m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 39.13

"Australia need to be careful here," smirks Paul. "Don't let that required rate get out of hand"

4.5
1
Robinson to Harris, 1 run

full on leg again, 131kph and nurdled through backward square leg

4.4
Robinson to Harris, no run

fullish around off stump, blocked into the leg side coming forwards

4.3
1
Robinson to Carey, 1 run

pitched up on leg stump, 129kph/80mph and it's whisked away to fine leg for one more. Getting 'em in singles

4.2
3
Robinson to Harris, 3 runs

touch short and he's up on the toes to punch a cut through cover point for a few

4.1
Robinson to Harris, no run

length ball, top of off and Harris props out to defend

end of over 42 runs
AUS: 11/0CRR: 2.75 
Alex Carey8 (21)
Marcus Harris1 (5)
Chris Woakes 2-0-3-0
Ollie Robinson 2-0-8-0
3.6
Woakes to Carey, no run

full length outside off, Carey throws the hands but only succeeds in sending a drive back to Woakes

3.5
2
Woakes to Carey, 2 runs

length ball, squeezed through backward square leg via an inside edge

3.4
Woakes to Carey, no run

Woakes is getting some swing here, coming back in as Carey stays in the crease and chops down on it

3.3
Woakes to Carey, no run

shortish again, 137kph and punched towards mid-off

3.2
Woakes to Carey, no run

back of a length, 135kph/84mph on the stumps, tucked to leg

3.1
Woakes to Carey, no run

in the channel, this scoots through low as Carey comes across

end of over 36 runs
AUS: 9/0CRR: 3.00 
Alex Carey6 (15)
Marcus Harris1 (5)
Ollie Robinson 2-0-8-0
Chris Woakes 1-0-1-0
2.6
3
Robinson to Carey, 3 runs

clipped on the up over cover, attacking intent from Carey but Hameed gives valiant chase to pull it in... and then Carey nearly runs himself out trying for a fourth! Stokes relayed the ball in from out by the boundary, Carey sent back by his partner and on his shirtfront again; Robinson didn't take it cleanly but nearly dropped it into the stumps anyway

2.5
Robinson to Carey, no run

slightly short of a length, angling across and Carey shoulders arms

2.4
Robinson to Carey, no run

full length, Carey is forward and punches back to the bowler

"If 14 no balls were missed off Stokes how many did the Aussies get. Away with?" Good question, Mark. We should probably void the entire Test, to be fair to all involved

2.3
1
Robinson to Harris, 1 run

full on the pads, 131kph/81mph, flicked out to deep backward square leg for a single to get off the mark

2.3
1nb
Robinson to Harris, (no ball)

back of a length, lets this one through outside off. Another overstep spotted

2.2
Robinson to Harris, no run

fizzer in the channel, kicks up past Harris' wafty horizonal bat

2.1
1
Robinson to Carey, 1 run

tip and run towards point, Hameed isn't far from running out Carey at the non-striker's! Has to put in the dive

Best performances - batters
TM Head
TM Head AUS
152 runs (148)
14 fours4 sixes
Control
78%
Productive shot
cut shot
25 runs
3 fours0 six
1217251529221319
DA Warner
DA Warner AUS
94 runs (176)
11 fours2 sixes
Control
82%
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
2 fours0 six
21312149131120
Best performances - bowlers
PJ Cummins
PJ Cummins AUS
O
13.1
M
3
R
38
W
5
ECO
2.88
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
NM Lyon
NM Lyon AUS
O
34
M
5
R
91
W
4
ECO
2.67
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Australia
Travis Head
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2440
Hours of play (local time)9.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days8,9,10,11 December 2021 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Alex Carey
Alex Carey
Umpires
Australia
Paul Reiffel
Australia
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
Australia
Paul Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Sam Nogajski
Match Referee
Australia
David Boon
PointsAustralia 12, England -8