November 25, 2013
A dominant Australia took a 1-0 series lead in the Ashes series after a comprehensive 381 run victory over England at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first on what was a flat looking surface at the Gabba. However, after day 1 England would have felt they were in control of the Test with Australia struggling on 273-8.
This was as good as it got for England, as Australia then took control of the match from day 2 onwards. After being bowled out for 295 the home side then ran through England, bowling them out for just 136 on what remained a good batting surface.
With a freedom to play their shots in the second innings, Australia racked up 401-7 in good time with centuries for David Warner and Michael Clarke. Graeme Swann proved particularly expensive for the tourists conceding 135 runs from 27 overs.
With England needing a world record fourth innings score to win the match they never looked in the contest as Australia were yet again rampant with the ball. England were all out for just 179 handing Australia a mammoth 381 run victory.
The star man for Australia was Mitchell Johnson who bowled with fierce pace of up over 90mph throughout the Test match. Johnson in his comeback match claimed 9 wickets and also provided Australia with some handy runs in each innings.
Alaistair Cook was the only England batsman to pass 50 in the match and this will be a huge concern to coach Andy Flower moving on to Adelaide.
England have shown in the past they can turn series around when being behind, but they will have to come out fighting in the second Test if they are to live with this Australian side who appear to have adopted a very aggressive approach to the game.
The Scoop 25/11/13