It was smooth sailing in the end for the hosts as openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft chased down the remaining 66 runs in under 16 overs, sealing Australia’s win on Day 5 of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
The Test was poised on an even keel after three days of play between both the sides but the hosts pushed ahead on Day 4 and never looked back. England were bowled out for a mere 195 runs in their second innings thanks to an impressive display by the new-ball pair of Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, followed by a lethal spell from off-spinner Nathan Lyon. The trio picked up three wickets each, with Pat Cummins finishing the innings with the wicket of Jake Ball.
The highest total chased down at the Gabba is 236 back in 1951 and the last 170+ total chased down was in 1982, both by Australia. Considering these numbers, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft had a substantial task ahead of them in the fourth innings. But both batsmen looked in command from the moment they walked out to bat.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017
Warner went on to score his 25th half-century and Bancroft, who brought up his maiden fifty in the final session of Day 4, finished with 82 runs. The debutant brought up Australia’s victory with a boundary down the ground and validated his selection for the series.
You can check out the highlights of both their innings here!