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Mitchell Johnson completed the demolition project- 1st Test vs. England

Zia Rana November 24, 2013

Australia 295 and 7-401 declared (David Warner 124, Michael Clarke 113, Brad Haddin 53, Chris Tremlett 3-69) beat England 136 and 179 (Alastair Cook 65, Ian Bell 32, Mitchell Johnson 5-42) by 381 runs.

The sensational fast bowling from the Australian speedster, Mitchell Johnson, crushed the English batting and the visitors lost the 1st Test by a huge margin.

The Kangaroos smashed 295 runs in the first innings and the second one was declared at 401 for the loss of seven wickets. England scored 136 runs in their first innings and was bowled out for 179 in the second.

Mitchell Johnson (Australia) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his disastrous express bowling since he grabbed nine wickets in the game.

The first Ashes Test of the five match series concluded on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

Mitchell Johnson - Disastrous express bowling in the match

Mitchell Johnson – Disastrous express bowling in the match

Earlier, the tourists started the day at 2-24 in 15 overs whereas their captain, Alastair Cook, and Kevin Pietersen were batting at 11 and 3 runs respectively. They got off slowly and crept to 72 in 29.2 overs when the latter was dismissed for 26. Ian Bell walked in next while Cook kept on consolidating at the other end and attained his 33rd Test fifty in the 48th over. The association came to an end at 130 as Bell was caught behind by Brad Haddin off Peter Siddle for 32.

The miseries were multiplied when Alastair Cook was gone 12 runs later for 65 and the home bowlers raided the remaining batsmen with their lethal bowling. Joe Root was the only batsman who resisted by remaining unbeaten for 26 whereas rest of the five were unable to touch the double figures. The innings of the entire Englishmen was rolled back for 179 in just 81.1 overs.

Mitchell Johnson was the star performer with five wickets, Ryan Harris and Nathan Lyon shared two each whereas Peter Siddle held one.

Australia won the first Test by a mammoth margin of 381 runs and leads the series 1-0. The second Test of the five match series will commence from December 5, 2013, at Adelaide Oval.

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