Monday, January 03, 2011

Australia vs England 5th Ashes Test 2011: Match Report of the 1st Day

Australian cricket team takes on England in the series deciding 5th Ashes Test which kicks off on 3rd January 2011 at the at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In a rain interrupted opening day, host Australia scored 134 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. The first day of the five-day test match was played only 59 overs as bad weather forced to stop the match. Today, Australia will start the second day with 6 wickets remaining at hand.

Usman Khawaja is the first Asian born cricketer who made his test debut for Australian cricket team with a match against England. He debut against England was remarkable as he scored 37 with the bat in the first innings and he was the last wicket on the opening day. He was included in the Aussie squad to replace the injured Ricky Ponting.

It was obviously a tough challenge for Michael Clarke to make his captaincy debut. He became Australia’s 43rd test captain. However, his debut as captain was not notable as he could not come out from his bad form.

Both Shane Watson and Phillip Hughes made good start in the opening stand and they were supposed to lead their team to make a strong bounce back in the series. They scored respectively 45 and 31 runs.

Tim Bresnan took two wickets of Shane Watson and Michael Clarke while the other two wickets were taken by Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann.

England cricket team looks much confident and strong to win the title once again. Now, they are leading the series 2-1 after winning the fourth Ashes Test by an innings and 157 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Touring team is tension free because they need just a draw to clinch the series victory. On the other hand, host team has no option except win if they want regain their Ashes trophy.