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Monday, 27 November 2017 - 10:18
Australia crushes England at Gabba
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David Warner and Cameron Bancroft resolved to offer England's toiling bowlers no crumbs of comfort in the closing moments of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, as they eased Australia to a crushing ten-wicket win in just over an hour's play on the fifth and final morning today (27).
 
After resuming on 114 for 0 overnight, Australia's openers resisted any temptation to gallop to the finishing line, with just 56 runs required and England's players doubtless distracted by overnight headlines concerning Jonny Bairstow's alleged altercation with Bancroft in Perth last month.
 
Both batsmen eased themselves back into the groove, seeing off another disciplined but un-penetrative burst from James Anderson and Stuart Broad before picking up their tempos against the second seamers, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball.
 
Ball did induce the day's solitary half-chance, an edge off Bancroft that flew wide of Alastair Cook, the solitary slip, but it was left to Bancroft to strike the winning runs off Woakes, in a three-boundary fusillade in the first over after the drinks break.
 
Moeen Ali was not called upon to bowl after struggling with a finger injury earlier in the innings, with Joe Root sending down two overs of off-spin before the end.

Scorecard:
England:
First innings: 302
Second innings: 195 (Root 51, Bairstow 42).
 
Australia:
First innings: 328 (Smith 141*, Marsh 51)
Second innings: 173 for no loss (Warner 87*, Bancroft 82*)
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