Ashes 2013-14: First Test Results

Posted Nov 26, 2013 by Keegan Valladares
Australia have handed England a resounding defeat in the first Ashes test of the Australian summer in a heated and divisive game.
Nic Redhead
A strong bowling display by the Australians kept them on top throughout the test, with the match finishing in four days. Australia finished with 295 and 407-7 declared with England finishing with 136 and 179, a 381 run defeat.
Man of the match honors went to Australia’s Mitchell Johnson, who took 9 wickets for 103 runs. Australian captain Michael Clarke and David Warner also scored centuries with the bat, on the way to the victory.
The match however was not without its controversies. Michael Clarke has been fined by the ICC for using obscenity’s towards England’s James Anderson late on the final day of play. He warned Anderson to “expect a broken arm” when facing Australia’s bowling attack. David Warner has also been criticized for being disrespectful, calling England’s Jonathan Trott “poor and weak.” Trott has since flown back to England claiming a stress related illness. However England has said that Warner’s comments had no impact on this decision. ‘Sledging’ however remains a widely used tactic in cricket.
Furthermore the England cricket team has since appeared to cut off the Australian media, not answering any questions directed to them. As England landed at Alice Springs Airport almost all questions were ignored by the team with Kevin Peterson, wearing headphones, repeatedly responding to questions by saying “I can’t hear you”.
Both sides will be expecting heated play when the next test starts on December 5 in Adelaide.