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Lyon, Cummins share the wickets as Australia cruise to victory in first Test

Eng v Aus, 1st Test, day five, report

Nathan Lyon had a day to remember as he claimed 6/49 including his 350th Test wicket to set up Australia's victory in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Pat Cummins also took 4/32 as England were bowled out for 146, but Lyon was the pick of the bowlers as Australia ran through England to claim a 251-run win. The victory was Australia’s first at Edgbaston since 2001 and will give the tourists plenty of confidence having won at a ground England regarded as a fortress.

England had survived seven overs unscathed at the end of day four, but it took just three overs into the final day for the openers’ resistance to be broken. Pat Cummins bounced out Rory Burns (11) and it was plain sailing from there, with another three wickets falling in the first session before Australia completed the job mid-way through the second session.

Nathan Lyon claimed his 350th Test wicket
Nathan Lyon claimed his 350th Test wicket

The hosts began the day trailing by 385 and were dealt a blow when the uneven bounce in the surface caused Burns to present Lyon with a simple catch off his gloves. Joe Root walked out to join Roy and the pair put on 41, England’s biggest partnership of the innings, but that came to an end when Roy (28) recklessly charged at Lyon and was bowled through the gate.

Australia sensed an opportunity from then on and had Joe Denly (11) caught at short leg before taking the big wicket of Root (28) just a few overs before lunch. The England captain had overturned his dismissal twice previously but had no such luck when he too edged to short leg.

After lunch, Ben Stokes (6) and Jos Buttler (1) looked to build a partnership but their hopes were shattered when Cummins went right thought Buttler’s defences and the ball grazed his off stump.

Pat Cummins also claimed four wickets as Australia cruised to victory
Pat Cummins also claimed four wickets as Australia cruised to victory

Jonny Bairstow (6) was the next to go after a review when Ultra-Edge showed that the ball from Cummins struck the slightest part of his glove as well as his arm before being caught by Cameron Bancroft. That was the end of the over but the very next ball Lyon produced a beauty to Stokes to take the outside edge and claim him 350th Test wicket.

Moeen Ali (4) came out and battled hard for his four from 27 balls but England lost two in two again when Lyon had him and Stuart Broad (0) both knick off.

On a hat-trick, James Anderson hobbled out to the middle and defended well to deny the spinner the glory. With just one wicket left, Chris Woakes mounted a counter attack and hit seven fours before becoming the final man to fall when he limply steered Cummins’ slower ball into Steve Smith’s hands.   

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