It has been a see-saw day for the kangaroos in Edgbaston as they looked to take over the World Champions in this year’s Ashes. But it seems that the Australians are facing the brunt of a brutal English attack at Edgbaston.
Almost an entire batting line-up for the kangaroos went for the toss, as English bowlers ripped apart through them in their first innings. Stuart Broad gave the game’s best performance scalping 5/86 in 22.4 overs with an economy rate of 3.79. Chris Woakes performed well in these conditions taking in 3/58 in 21 overs with the economy rate of 2.76.
The savior of the day for the visitors would be the captain Steve Smith who top-scored with a beautiful century. The skipper scored 144 runs in 219 balls, and his innings was studded with 16 boundaries and 2 maximums. He was continuously supported by Peter Siddle who scored 44 runs in 85 balls after getting caught out by Jos Buttler. The entire team was routed out for 284 runs.
England has carefully commandeered their troops, and they are on their merry way of posting up a great total at the moment. Opener Rory Burns is currently playing at 109 runs and is supported by Ben Stokes who is playing at 16. By 76.2 overs, England has scored 228 runs with the loss of 4 wickets in 75.4 overs.
It clearly seems that the visitors have their work cut out for them. The hosts are positively gaining momentum and would be on their way to win it even. England has enjoyed their winning streak in all formats since 2001 in Edgbaston against Australia. This is something that the kangaroos need to change this time around, but it seems a bit difficult there.
Australia needs to up the ante and pace up to take in early wickets from the English line-up. They have already disposed of Jason Roy, Joe Root, Joe Denly, and Jos Buttler. Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali are still to come and Rory is in form and cracking. Bowling performances have been steadily good with Cummins and Siddle claiming a wicket each, and James Pattinson scalping 2. But this would be England’s game if the balances are tipped wildly away. The hosts would be looking in for a big score in this innings to choke them up and gain a good lead. We cannot exactly say it is anyone’s game, but the English are definitely on the leading edge here.