Friday, December 13, 2019 | ePaper

Australia's Lyon sparks England collapse in first Test

  • Print


Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon (3rd from right) celebrates his dismissal of England's Moeen Ali (not in picture) on the third day of first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Saturday.



Nathan Lyon took two wickets in an over as Australia finally saw the back of Rory Burns during an England collapse in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Saturday.
England were 328-8 at lunch on the third day, a first-innings lead of 44 runs, with Chris Woakes 13 not out and Stuart Broad 11 not out.
They had been hoping to build a substantial first-innings advantage but from 296-5 they lost three wickets for four runs in slumping to 300-8.
Ashes debutant Burns was caught behind off the bowling of off-spinner Lyon for 133, his maiden Test century, after a superb feat of endurance that saw the opener spend nearly eight hours at the crease.
England resumed on 267-4, 17 adrift of an Australia total of 284 built on Steve Smith's superb 144 in his first Test since completing a 12-month ban for ball-tampering.
But England had a hundred hero of their own in Burns, 125 not out after batting through the whole of Friday's play. Ben Stokes was unbeaten on 38.
In a match where umpires Joel Wilson and Aleem Dar had both seen several decisions overturned, Burns had enjoyed a lucky break when given not out on 21 in response to an lbw appeal from Lyon.
Replays showed the ball would have hit the left-hander's leg stump, but Australia decided against a review.
Stokes got England going on a sunny Saturday morning with an on-driven four off James Pattinson after the fast bowler came round the wicket.
A quick single then saw Stokes to a 95-ball fifty featuring eight fours.
But Stokes was out for exactly 50 to the next ball he faced when he cut loosely at Cummins and was caught behind by Australia captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine.
Stokes, in his first match since being restored to the England vice-captaincy following an acquittal on a charge of affray last year, shared a stand of 88 with Burns that had taken England to 282-5.
New batsman Jonny Bairstow gave England the lead when he clipped Pattinson for four through midwicket.
Burns only managed three runs in Saturday's first hour, before driving Peter Siddle for a four through cover-point.
But Lyon, who had repeatedly beaten Burns's bat on Friday, finally ended the Surrey captain's marathon innings when a delivery that turned and bounce took the outside edge and was well caught by Paine.
Burns faced 312 balls, with 17 fours.
By contrast, new batsman Moeen Ali lasted just five balls before he inexplicably shouldered arms to Lyon and was clean bowled for a duck -- the eighth time the spinner had dismissed him in 10 Ashes innings.
Then 300-7 became 300-8 when Bairstow's reckless shot outside off stump against paceman Siddle was well caught at first slip by David Warner.
England now led by just 16 runs, with their two batsmen in the middle -- Woakes and Broad - then each on nought.
But Woakes, on his Warwickshire home ground, hoisted Lyon for a legside six to the delight of the crowd.

More News For this Category

High time for Mustafizur to prove him 'special': Bashar

High time for Mustafizur to prove him 'special': Bashar

Going by the recent performance of Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh national team selector Habibul Bashar Sumon said the pace bowler has become predictable of late, at least in the death overs,

Rajshahi stun favourite Dhaka for winning start in BBPL

Rajshahi stun favourite Dhaka for winning start in BBPL

Opener Hazratullah Zazai smashed a 47 ball-56 not as Rajshahi Royals produced an upset by recording a comprehensive nine-wicket win over pre-tournament favourite Dhaka Platoon in Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League

Rohit Sharma becomes La Liga's first-ever brand ambassador in India

Rohit Sharma becomes La Liga's first-ever brand ambassador in India

Star India opener Rohit Sharma on Thursday joined hands with La Liga -- Spains top division football league -- as its brand ambassador in India.He is the first non-footballer in

Smith named acting director of Cricket SA

Smith named acting director of Cricket SA

Cricket South Africa (SA) have named Graeme Smith as acting director of cricket for a three-month period, which covers England's tour of the country starting later this month, before he

Sixes galore as India clinch T20 series win over Windies

Sixes galore as India clinch T20 series win over Windies

AFP, Mumbai :Skipper Virat Kohli led the sixes charge with seven hits over the fence to set up India's series-clinching 67-run win over the West Indies in the third Twenty20

Aleem Dar set to break record for most Tests as an umpire

Aleem Dar set to break record for most Tests as an umpire

Aleem Dar is set to break Steve Bucknor's record of most Tests as an umpire in the first match of the series between Australia and New Zealand, which starts in

Asghar Afghan reappointed captain across all formats

Asghar Afghan reappointed captain across all formats

The Afghanistan Cricket Board reappointed former captain Asghar Afghan as the skipper across all formats of the game on Wednesday.The decision taken by the ACB's top management officials, comes seven

New Zealand brace for Australian challenge, sweat on Boult fitness

New Zealand brace for Australian challenge, sweat on Boult fitness

The validity and durability of New Zealand's ranking and run of success in Test cricket will be tested in the sport's most hostile environment when it meet Australia on Thursday

I'm here to instill fearless     approach in Sylhet tent: Gibbs

I'm here to instill fearless approach in Sylhet tent: Gibbs

In a bid to intimidate the opponents and earn the respect, Sylhet Thunder head coach Harcehelle Gibbs wants that Sylhet Thunder to play a fearless brand of cricket in the

Ctg aim to make winning start to BBPL despite Mahmudullah's absence

Ctg aim to make winning start to BBPL despite Mahmudullah's absence

Chattogram Challengers want to make a winning start to Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) as they take on Sylhet Thunder in the first game of the tournament today at Sher-e-Bangla