Australia has endured a disastrous start in the fourth Ashes test, as Stuart Broad dominated with the ball as the visitors were dismissed for 60 against England.
Fast bowler Broad claimed eight wickets for only 15 runs in a fiery 9.3 over spell as Australia only lasted 18.3 overs. This is the second lowest total score by Australia in the last 79 years and seventh in their test history.
After winning the toss, England captain Alastair Cook sent Australia into bat. Australia made a surprise change in their line up as Shaun Marsh came back to the starting 11, replacing brother Mitchell.
The chaos started in the first over as Broad gave Chris Rogers his first duck of his test career. Broad also took the wicket of Steve Smith, Michael Clarke and Adam Voges to have Australia at an embarrassing 6/29.
Captain Michael Clarke expressed his disappointment post match, describing it as one of the toughest days he has spent on the field.
“There’s no doubt we didn’t bat well but they were good conditions to bowl in”.
“That’s as tough a batting condition as I’ve faced in my career,” Clarke said.
Broad became the fifth English bowler to take 300 plus wickets in test cricket on his way to grab the fourth best bowling figures in an innings in Ashes history.
England also dominated with the bat. Though Australia managed to take two early wickets, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow added 173 in their fourth wicket stand to put England well ahead at stumps.
Root scored his third Ashes hundred and become the youngest English batsman to do so. His unbeaten 124 and Bairstow’s well supported 74 mean that Australia will start day two with 214 runs behind and six more wickets to take.
Day two of the test will start at 8pm AEST.– Report by Md Zahin and Marc Summers
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