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The Ashes, 2017-18 Australia vs England, 1st Test – Australia won by 10 wkts

Australia vs England, 1st Test

ENG 302, 195
AUS 328, 173/0 (50.0 Ovs)
Australia won by 10 wkts

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Steven Smith

Smith (3/3): It is nice to have that record (winning both Day-Night games they have played before), let’s hope we keep that record intact as well. Think they have got some bowlers who will suit those sort of conditions, batters have got to turn up, have really good plans and go really big in the first innings. I thought he (Paine) kept exceptionally well, there was one chance which was a very thick edge, which bounced a lot and hit him high on the gloves. Besides that I don’t think he dropped a ball. He was very good next to me at slip. I had no idea that Broady hit it, I don’t think he knew as well. He did a terrific job in his comeback Test match. It is nice to finish quite early, really pleased with the way we have played this Test match. Bowling first at The Gabba is always quite hard. I’m really proud of the way the boys fought.”
Smith (2/3): I think it will be up there, certainly for the position we were in (when asked whether this was his best Test innings). The first Test of an Ashes series, we know that it is really important particularly with our record at The Gabba here, we had to keep that intact. Had to work really hard, had to get off strike well, boundaries were quite hard to come by. Had different plans, had to be really disciplined and resilient, fortunately it worked and helped ourselves get into a lead. Yeah we have plans for them, I think we made our intentions pretty clear with what we will do for the bottom end of the order. The pink ball in Adelaide might be a little bit different, we will have to come prepared for that in a few days’s time. We’ve got a few different kind of bowlers, think they really work well together. Know each other well and all four of them play for NSW, hopefully they bowl well in partnerships.”




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Australian skipper Steven Smith who is also the Man of the Match, which isn’t a surprise at all (1/3): “Yeah it was, had to show some really good character throughout, losing the toss, the wicket was a lot slower than we anticipated that it would be. I thought the bowlers did a really terrific job in the first innings to get them out for 300, thought Nathan Lyon was particularly good, going from strength to strength at the moment and bowling like a genius. He did a terrific job holding one end up and the other guys got the wickets. From then it was hard work at 70/4, had to dig deep and get a big total, fortunately got ourselves in a lead and then bowled really well in the second innings. And then the two boys did a terrific job to get us home with a ten wicket win. Looked right at home, didn’t he? (about Bancroft), missed out in the first innings, a bit disappointed. Came out and had some really good plans, he played nice and straight, just backed himself and batted beautifully along with Davey (Warner).”
England skipper Joe Root: ” For three days we were excellent. Bar Steve’s knock we were right in it and probably ahead of the game. Fair play to him, he played exceptionally well on that surface and took the game away from us. From 250/4, trying to get 400 plus, and put pressure on with scoreboard pressure. To have an 80 lead would’ve been massive, yeah it is frustrating (to lose), we got to move on quickly and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes at Adelaide. They were excellent (referring to Vince and Stoneman), coming to an Ashes series first time around away from home and play like that was exceptional. They showed great skill, temperament and character, think it bodes well for us, moving into the rest of the series, hopefully we will harness that and convert those starts into big hundreds. Yeah, they will be fine (referring to Mo and Anderson’s niggles). One thing that stands out about our team is that we’ve got great character. Over the last year or so, we have come back from difficult situations from tough days like today and bounced back straight away, that’s the mentality we’ve got to have next week and I have every confidence we will do so. As far as the story with Jonny (Bairstow) is concerned, a mountain has been made out of a molehill as far as us concerned, we just need to move on and concentrate on our cricket as a squad, we prepared very well in the warm-up games, played three days excellent cricket, it’s about making sure it’s five days next week.”

Warner: “It was fantastic to have a good dig together and build a great partnership and get us across the line without losing a wicket. He (Bancroft) is calm and composed at the other end and I am trying to get on with the game as much as I can and play the way I do. I had to take my ego out of it with the way they set the fields. We are running out of superlatives (to describe Steve Smith’s knock). It was a fantastic effort by him. A lot of credit has to go to Lyon. There was a lot of pressure on him the last summer, but to put the ball in the string and to put the ball in the same areas for about 40 overs under 2 is fantastic.”
Bancroft: “It was good fun (to play the game). To share a good partnership was nice and to get the win was good. It’s Probably one of the most treasurable things that I possess now (talking about the Baggy Green). I will look after it and it is an absolute honour and privilege to get the opportunity. You had to show a lot of patience on this wicket to be successful.”

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