Australia vs England Highlights today, Saturday 11-12-2021 – 1st Test, The Ashes from Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba.
England win the toss and bat
Australia team: 1 David Warner, 2 Marcus Harris, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Travis Head, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Pat Cummins (capt), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
England team: 1 Rory Burns, 2 Haseeb Hameed, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Ollie Pope, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Ollie Robinson, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jack Leach.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Match Timings: 00:00 GMT | 10:00 Local
Umpires – Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker
TV Umpires – Paul Wilson
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Sam Nogajski
Match number – Test no. 2440
Post Match Presentation.
Travis Head is named Man of the Match: “The staff and Pat, JL, were fantastic with their communication, gave me real clarity. Great to get the nod, was a fantastic week and a great starting point for us. A lot of credit to Davey and Marnus’ partnership, they set me up to take my opportunity. Learned a lot from the way Jos Buttler played. Was a tough wicket in stages. I rode my luck and took my opportunities, nice to contribute. [Celebration] Rode the wave of emotion with the crowd, and Starcy, loved every minute of it.”
“I really enjoyed it, a lot of things did go right, probably from the toss – overcast conditions, the wicket had a bit in it, turn up day two and it’s blue skies. So someone was smiling at me. Really proud of everyone, complete performance, the bowlers did their thing, then Marnus and Davey’s partnership, and the way Travis played. Sign of a positive, brave side. I was really happy about how everyone stuck to it, we bowled without luck yesterday.
Turned up positive and did not think about too much other than trying to get that breakthrough. [Head] That’s why we want him in the side, he can take a game away in a couple of hours. He showed what he can do, a bright future, hopefully, he’s away now. [Hazlewood] Bit sore yesterday, trying to get him through as it’s a five-match series. Didn’t want to break him yesterday but pulled up okay today. [Warner] When we had 20 to get we couldn’t find him. He’s fine, didn’t want to risk him, think he’ll be fine for Adelaide.”
“Frustration, we worked really hard to get ourselves back in the game last night and we knew how important it was to try and get through to the new ball unscathed. If we carried that partnership forward we could have given ourselves an opportunity. You saw how the pitch was playing, there was sideways movement and the cracks were appearing. It’s a shame we couldn’t get through that initial period. [Selection] We wanted variation in our attack, to change the pace and move through different gears. Easy with hindsight [to criticise], but can’t create as many chances as we did and put them down.
Similar with the bat, [29-4] is not the way to start a Test series. But we know where we need to improve, and the way we responded in the second innings showed fight which will stand us in good stead. [Leach travails] Jack’s a fine spinner, he’s shown what an instrumental part he can play, and I’m sure he will in the series moving forward. Important in a five-match series not to feel too sorry for ourselves, relish the challenge to go out there and try and get one back. There are good things to take, most importantly the bowling effort. Created chances and felt in the game for a long time. Need to learn from this and come back stronger.”