Nathan Lyon had an unforgettable day when he won the 49.06. With his 350th Test Wicket for the victory of Australia in the first Test in Edgbaston won.
Pat Cummins also took 4/32 when England bowled for 146, but Lyon was the pick of the bowlers when Australia ran through England to claim a 251-run victory. The victory was the first in Australia in Edgbaston since 2001 and will give the tourists a lot of self-confidence, which have gained in an English stadium considered as a fortress.
England had survived seven overs unharmed at the end of the fourth day, but it only took three overs to the last day until the opener’s resistance was broken. Pat Cummins bounced off Rory Burns (11), and from there it was a breeze. In the first session, three more doors fell before Australia completed the task in the middle of the second session.
The hosts started the day 385 seconds back and were beaten as the uneven surface rebound caused Burns Lyon to pull a simple snag off their gloves. Joe Root went out to join Roy and the pair put on 41, England’s biggest innings partnership, but that ended when Roy (28) ruthlessly attacked Lyon and was thrown out the gate.
Australia saw a chance from now on and caught Joe Denly (11) shortly before taking over the big wicket of Root (28) just before lunch. The English captain had already suspended his release twice, but had no luck when he too missed.
After lunch, Ben Stokes (6) and Jos Buttler (1) wanted to form a partnership, but their hopes were broken when Cummins went to the right and thought Buttler’s defense and the ball were brushing off his stump.
Jonny Bairstow (6) was the next to show that Cummins’ ball hit the least part of his glove and his arm before being caught by Cameron Bancroft. That was the end of the Over, but at the next ball, Lyon brought a beauty to Stokes to take the outside edge and make him the 350th Test wicket.
Moeen Ali (4) came out and fought hard for his four out of 27 balls, but England lost two to two again when Lyon struck him and Stuart Broad (0).
In a hat-trick James Anderson limped into the middle and defended well to deny the spinner the glory. With only one wicket, Chris Woakes could make a counter-attack and hit seven fours before being the last to fall as he steered Cummin’s slower ball limply into Steve Smith’s hands.