Harry Brook missed his Ton, but Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets in 5th Ashes Test at Kennington Oval London.

Harry Brook missed his Ton, but Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets in the 5th Ashes Test at Kennington Oval London.

     Harry Brook missed his Ton, but Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets in the 5th Ashes test at Kennington Oval London. Brook put 85 runs in 91 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes. England put in a decent score of 283 runs on a bowling dominating pitch.

Harry Brook scored 85 runs and help England to reach on 283 runs.
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     Key Highlights of Day 1: [ 1 ] Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to ball first.

     [ 2 ] This was the first toss win for Cummins in the series.

     [ 3 ] England posted 283 runs in 54.4 overs.

     [ 4 ] Harry Brook missed his maiden test hundred against Australia and scored 85 runs in 91 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes.

     [ 5 ] Mitchell Starc did big damage to the host team and took 4 wickets.

     [ 6 ] Australia posted 61/1 in 25 overs at Stump’s and trailed by 222 runs against England on Day 1.

     [ 7 ] Australia won the show of day one at Kennington Oval,  London.

     [ 8 ] An unusual record came in the name of England. 6 of the teammates have got 100+ test wickets. Anderson 689, S. Broad 600, M. Ali 201, B. Stokes 197, C. Woakes 142, M. Wood 101 wickets respectively.

      After winning the toss, Australia captain Cummins said, “Had to double check that (when it came down tails, first toss won in this series). We will have a bowl. A little bit of cloud cover and the wicket looks good. It is a similar side to the one that played four years ago (2019), we know what we did at that time and how we can change things. One change – Cam Green misses out and Todd Murphy comes in.”

    Meanwhile, England skipper Stokes stated, “We had have had a bowl as well, just because of the overhead conditions, and every time we have won the toss we have bowled. You relatively know one day, two days out what team you are going with, and letting the lads know gives them time to prepare. Australia wants to leave here winning the Ashes, we want to draw the series and though they have retained the Ashes, we want to draw the series.”

    England playing XI: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

    Australia playing XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey(w), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins(c), Hazlewood, Todd Murphy.

     Zak Crawley and Ben  Duckett open for England and Pet Cummins bowls the first over for Australia. 3 wickets fall in the first session 62/1 B. Duckett 11.6 overs [ 41 runs 41 balls 3 fours ], 66/2 Z. Crawley 12.4 overs  [ 22 runs 37 balls 3 fours ], 73/3 J. Root in 15.3 overs [ 5 runs 11 balls ]. At lunch team total was 131/3 in 26 overs.

     4 wickets fall in the post-lunch/ second session. A flood of wickets came in between 34th over to 43rd over. 184/4 – M. Ali 33.3 overs scored 34 runs in 47 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes, 193/5  B. Stokes 38.3 overs scored 3 runs in 16 balls, 208/6 J. Baistrow 41.6 overs scored 4 runs in 14 balls, 212/7 H. Brook 42.3 overs scored 85 runs in 91 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes.

     A healthy partnership of 111 runs between M. Ali and H. Brook ended in this session with the wicket of M. Ali. Harry Brook missed his century. Mitchel Starc took 2 crucial wickets in this session. At tea, the team’s total was 250/7 in 50 overs.

    England lost rest of the wickets in 4.4 overs and posted a total of 283 all out in 54.4 overs. 3 wickets fall in this session, 261/8 M.Wood-51.3 overs [ 28 runs 29 balls, with 5 fours ], 270/9 S. Broad-52.5 overs [ 7 runs 5 balls with 1 four ], 283/10 all out C. Woakes- 54.4 overs [ 36 runs 36 balls with 4 fours and a six. ]. Starc took 2 more wickets in the final session and complete a 4 wicket haul. Starc helped Australia for a dominating day.

     An unusual record came in the name of England. 6 of the teammates have got 100+ test wickets. Anderson 689, S. Broad 600, M. Ali 201, B. Stokes 197, C. Woakes 142, M. Wood 101 wickets respectively.

Pet Cummins won the first toss of the series and elected to field first.
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     There was a precious late breakthrough from Chris Woakes he did the first damage to the visitors, following a handy 36 runs with the bat earlier on by getting David Warner caught at second slip for 24. But with Usman Khawaja remaining unbeaten on 26, and Marnus Labuschagne offering a steadfast two runs not-out before stumps, the tourists had effectively repelled the new ball.
 
      Australia dropped about five catches today, even then Australia has had a very good day.
     
      Australia closed Day 1 of the final Test match of the series at 61/1. They trail by 222 runs against England and would be happy to have dominated the first day. Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne remained unbeaten on a day that largely favored the bowlers.
 
      England’s Harry Brook fell short of a maiden Test century against Australia as the tourists had the better of the opening day of the fifth and final Ashes clash at The Oval on Thursday. Brook’s 85 was the centerpiece of England’s 283 all-out. But Australia, after captain Pat Cummins won his first toss of the series and sent England into bat in overcast, bowler-friendly, conditions,
 
       Brook, popping up on Sky, says, “I think we’ve had a good day in the end.
     
     
     
     
     
   
     
     
 
 
 
 
Khawaja and Warner frustrated England, in a rainy day.
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