The debutant finished the match in style, bringing up the wins by smashing all-rounder Chris Woakes to the long-off fence twice, sparking a roar from the modest Monday crowd of 6,154. Four years after thrashing Alastair Cook's England by 386 runs at the Gabba on the way to a 5-0 whitewash in 2013/14, Australia extended their unbeaten record at the venue against their old foes to 31 years.
England will be gutted. So near to nudging Australia out of the test and getting blown away eventually. That is why test cricket is so good, need to perform over 5 days— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 27, 2017
With Mike Gatting's team the last English side to win at the Gabba in 1986, captain Joe Root had said his team were about due for a breakthrough. And at the end of day three, with the match still in the balance, paceman Stuart Broad said they were the best-positioned they had been in 30 years to win at the ground.
159-0. This is now Australia's highest opening stand in the Ashes since Langer & Hayden put on 189 at The Oval in 2005.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) November 27, 2017
It all smacked of bravado after lunch on day four, however, as England lost 5-40 during a fierce pace assault to be skittled for 195 in their second innings. Australia were left needing 170 runs for victory and Warner and Bancroft batted superbly after tea to drive the host to 114 without loss.
Australia has a more potent bowling attack. And English batting is a little frail. That decided the fate of the game in the end. Love Test cricket. #Ashes— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 27, 2017