After a prolonged build up, the Ashes is finally here. This time, it is expected that it will be a really close series. And the Aussies proved it right by staging a stunning comeback to win the first test. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the first Ashes test:
1) Sensational Smith
Steve Smith had a mixed World Cup. He did play some good innings, but he did not look convincing by any means. But in the first Ashes test, he was back to his absolute best. It is hard to say whether his 144 in the first innings was more important or the 142 in the second. But these two centuries indicate that he is simply in sublime form.
2) Legend Lyon
In the first innings, Nathan Lyon did not have much of an impact. But he more than made up for it in the second innings. His bowling on the last day was simply unplayable. He managed to pick up six wickets, ensuring that the Aussies got the win. Lyon is considered to be one of the finest spinners around, and he lived up to his reputation.
3) Anderson Injury
James Anderson only managed to bowl four overs in the first innings. He injured himself and had to go off the field after that. He did bat in both the innings, but could not bowl in the second innings. This was a huge blow for England as they were always a bowler short. England would have been better off had he not played at all.
To sum up, the test proved once again that the Aussies should never be written off. They have managed to come back from 8 wickets down inside the first two sessions to win the game. Hats off to them!