Ashes 2013-14: Australia thump England by 381 runs in 1st Test at The Gabba

Mitchell Johnson took nine wickets in the match as he helped Australia win the first Ashes 2013-14 Test © Getty Images

By Shrikant Shankar

Nov 24, 2013

Australia thumped England by a massive 381-run margin in the first Ashes 2013-14 Test in Brisbane at The Gabba. England were bowled out for 179 in their second innings as Mitchell Johnson took five wickets. A couple of rain delays could not stop Australia’s charge as they wrapped up the match on Day Four itself.

The session was extended due to those rain delays and it was Johnson, quite fittingly, who got the last wicket to ensure victory on Sunday. This is Australia’s first Test win in 10 matches. Michael Clarke’s men have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series over old rivals England.

The post-tea session began with England poised at 142 for four. Johnson’s first over after the break was a fast and testing one to Joe Root. Nathan Lyon came from round the wicket and bowled a length delivery that had a bit of extra bounce. Alastair Cook went for the cut, but edged it to Brad Haddin behind the wickets.

New man Matt Prior cut one in the air through third-man that evaded the fielders and went for a four as he got off the mark. Root survived another fiery over from Johnson. Michael Clarke positioned David Warner at leg-slip for Prior and Lyon bowled on his pads from round the wicket. Prior tried to work it away on the leg side, but only managed to hit it straight to Warner.

Stuart Broad was the next batsman and he thumped one from Lyon back over his head for a four to get off the mark. Next over, Broad (4) edged a bouncer from Johnson to Haddin. Then two balls later, Graeme Swann edged a length delivery to Steven Smith at third slip. That was Johnson’s fourth wicket of the innings.

Chris Tremlett then had to take evasive action as Johnson bowled a bouncer. The ball hits the elbow pad and Shane Watson took the catch in the slips and appealed. The umpire, however, rightly said not out.

By this time, the rain clouds were looming over The Gabba again. And it was even darker. Root and Tremlett were trying their level best not to hand Australia the two wickets they were desperately looking for.

Ryan Harris bowled a short delivery at Root and he nudged it to fine-leg for two runs. Next ball, he drove straight down the ground to get a four through long-off. Smith was brought back into the attack. Soon after, the rain lashed The Gabba and the ground staff quickly put on the covers over the wicket and the in-field.

Play resumed after a 40-minute delay. After adding a few runs, Chris Tremlett edged a short delivery from Harris to George Bailey at forward short-leg. Australia then had the chance to win the match as Joe Root was stranded while attempting a single towards backward square-leg. Warner throws at the non-striker’s end but Lyon dislodges the bails before collecting the ball.

James Anderson was the last and final man to get out as he hit one back to Johnson. The left-hander took five wickets in the second innings and nine in the match.

Brief scores:

Australia 295 (David Warner 49, Brad Haddin 94, Mitchell Johnson 64; Stuart Broad 6 for 81) and 401 for 7 decl. (David Warner 124, Michael Clarke 113; Chris Tremlett 3 for 69) lead England 136 (Michael Carberry 40, Stuart Broad 32; Mitchell Johnson 4 for 61, Ryan Harris 3 for 28) and 179 (Alastair Cook 65; Mitchell Johnson 5 for 42) by 381 runs.

Man of the Match: Mitchell Johnson

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(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)