Australia after demolishing the West Indies in their home, came to the most talked about “Ashes” as the favourites to win the first Ashes test and even the series. But as the first test panned out, Australia played as if they were never the favourites in the first place. England outplayed Australia in all the three departments. Here are the 5 main reasons for their loss.
1. Ineffective with the old ball:
Australian bowlers made early inroads and had England on the back foot in both the innings. When the ball had lost its shine, agreed that the wicket became a batting paradise, but the Australian pace battery were also not up to the mark. Mitchell Starc was guilty of bowling too full but what came as surprise is the way the hero of the previous Ashes Mitchell Johnson failed. He consistently bowled around the 90 mph per hour mark but lacked accuracy and hence gave easy balls for the batsman to score off. Lyon held up one end but runs continued to come from the other end. Also, the drop catch of Joe Root in the first inning at 0 didn’t help Australia’s cause as he went on to score a brilliant century. England scored quickly and reached 430 from just 102 overs in the first innings.