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Australia Win By Two Wickets

Australia Wins First Ashes Test, Takes 1-0 Lead

Australia won the first Ashes Test of 2023 by 10 wickets, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.

Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first, and they made early inroads, dismissing England for 273. Usman Khawaja was the top scorer for Australia, with 137 runs.

Australia then chased down the target in just 26.1 overs, with Usman Khawaja scoring 101* and Marnus Labuschagne scoring 80*.

Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates after Cummins hit the winning runs. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Key Takeaways

It was a dominant performance from Australia, and they will be hoping to build on this momentum in the remaining four Tests of the series.

  • Australia’s bowling attack was superb, taking 10 wickets for just 273 runs.
  • Usman Khawaja was the star of the show, scoring 137 runs in the first innings and 101* in the second.
  • Marnus Labuschagne was also in good form, scoring 80* in the second innings.
  • England’s batting was disappointing, and they will need to improve if they are to challenge Australia in the remaining Tests.

Looking Ahead

The second Ashes Test will be played at Lord’s from June 28 to July 3. Australia will be looking to continue their winning streak, while England will be hoping to get back on track.

The Importance of the First Test

The first Test of an Ashes series is always important, as it sets the tone for the rest of the series. Australia’s victory in the first Test has given them a significant psychological advantage, and they will be hoping to build on this momentum in the remaining four Tests.

England will need to bounce back quickly if they are to challenge Australia for the Ashes. They will need to improve their batting, and they will need to find a way to get more out of their bowlers.

The second Test at Lord’s is a must-win for England if they are to have any chance of winning the Ashes. It will be a tough test, but England will need to rise to the occasion if they are to level the series.

Nathan Lyon of Australia hits a boundary off the bowling of Stuart Broad of England. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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