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Australia – England Cricket War: Home side’s win at the Gabba …

  • November 24th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Cricket Rain-covers-Gabba 24.11.13The sequel to Australia’s 3-0 series defeat in England during the Northern Summer (see EUAustralia 26.8.13) has started with a dramatic reversal of roles at the Gabba in Brisbane – Australia winning the first Test by 381 runs.

The England batting collapsed in both innings, all out for 136 then 179, replying to Australia’s 295 on Day One, after a shaky start, then 401 declared.

On the fourth day, Sunday, the steamy and volatile atmosphere of early Summer in the Northern capital seemed to play its part; dampening the batsmen’s zeal if not putting some sweat into the cricket pitch itself.

England’s all-but-impossible chase after 561 runs was going badly enough when interrupted, twice, by a passing storm – lightning, some driving rain, and hail on the covers- and then a heavy shower.

Wickets fell each time just after resumption of play, the last man out before the day’s close.

Raucous England supporters, the ‘Barmy Army’ of zealous migrants and travellers, gave one more round of ‘God Save the Queen’ and vowed to turn out again when the teams meet again for Test two in the five match series — at the Adelaide Oval, 5.12.13.

See scorecard for the First test:, (24.12.13).