Ashes: First Test Day 4: The moments that mattered

Nathan Lyon picked up his 400th test wicket after a long wait as Australia got the win in Brisbane. (Photo: ICC/Twitter)

Australia picked up the first win of the Ashes series, defeating the English by nine wickets in just over one session on day four. Here’s the moments that mattered on the final day of the first Test.

Lyon rips England open

Heading into the first session plenty thought that this was the biggest session of them all. English captain Joe Root and Dawid Malan started the day on a 159-run partnership and with 10 overs to deal before the new ball.

But then came along a man named Nathan. He started out the day with his 400th wicket, with Malan caught at short mid off by Marnus Labuschagne. Lyon then added the wicket of Ollie Pope next, caught at slip by Steve Smith.

He had a bit of a rest when the new ball came, before picking up the wicket of Ollie Robinson after he hit a reverse sweep straight to Travis Head at backward point. Mark Wood was his fourth wicket, bowled right through the gate on the cusp of lunch.

Cameron Green picked up the England captain with an absolute peach outside off, adding the final wicket of Chris Woakes and a terrific catch in gully after Ben Stokes edged it to him off Pat Cummins’ bowling. But after struggling initially, the first session belonged to the man known as the ‘GOAT’.

English batting woes continue

The English were in a terrific position heading into the day. By lunch though, they were in the worst position possible, and it was again thanks to a poor batting performance.

Starting the day with captain Joe Root and Dawid Malan cruising, it was calamity from the word go. Malan went first to Lyon, then Root was out of Cameron Green’s bowling.

Pope was the next man out, with England losing 3/14 inside the first eight overs. Stokes and Buttler built a partnership, before captain Cummins, as he quite often does, broke that partnership.

From there they continued to collapse, losing their last three wickets for 31 runs. In that first session, they lost 8/77, and there are plenty of questions for the selectors to consider heading into the Adelaide day/night test.

More technical difficulties

This first test has had its issues when it came to the video review system, but today there were even more problems after the world feed went down.

Starting around 11:30am, TV broadcasters Channel 7 and Fox Cricket had to start showing the game from their own cameras. It then completely went out, with only radio broadcasters able to continue broadcasting.

It came back on just before Cummins picked up the wicket of Stokes. But if the Gabba test showed anything, it’s that the tech needs improvement.

Milestone moments

There was only one milestone that mattered on the day, and that was Lyon’s 400th test wicket. He took four wickets on the day, but his first wicket of Malan meant the most, as it gave him that elusive 400th.

He had to wait a long time between his 399th and 400th, but it was worth it in the end. He now joins legendary duo Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath as the only bowlers to take 400 Test match wickets for Australia.

Alex Carey also picked up the equal-most dismissals (with Brian Tabor) in a debut Test match, picking up eight dismissals. All those dismissals were catches, picking up eight catches in total.

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