England lost the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston by 251 runs after a middle-order collapse on the final day. It was always a tough job to bat on final day after Australia gave the hosts a humongous and improbable target in the final innings.
Australia’s bowling attack has been outstanding on Day 5 as Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon tormented English batsmen and gave the Aussies a 1-0 lead in the traditional Test series.
Lyon was the top bowler for Australia, taking six wickets for just 49 runs on a turning pitch and helped the Aussies to bowl out England for 146.
However, Australian bowlers showed a brilliant performance today and it seemed that Australia might have bowled on a different pitch on Day 5 than England bowled on yesterday. The Aussies picked 4 wickets before lunch and after the 1st session, it was a just middle-order collapse as England lost their 6 wickets in around an hour and 30 minutes.
As the scorecard suggests, Australia won by 251 runs, but the game was never a one-sided as until Day 3 England was on advantage and it seemed like, they will take the 1-0 lead.
Steve Smith was the X factor who made the difference for the tourists. On his comeback, he smashed two back to back hundreds in two innings which helped Australia to get back in the match.