Australia vs England 1st Test Day 5: Warner, Bancroft hand Australia 1-0 lead

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Cameron Bancroft (left) and David Warner celebrate after leading Australia to victory

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Australia openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft scored 87 and 82 not out respectively to guide their side to a convincing 10-wicket win over England on the final day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

With their victory, Australia now hold a 1-0 lead in the series going into the day-night Test in Adelaide, which will begin on December 2.

Starting off the day on 114/0, Warner and Bancroft continued to frustrate England as they inched Australia ever closer to victory.

No doubt England would have been looking for a few quick wickets early on, but since that didn’t come to fruition, they were ultimately left ruing what could have been had they not been skittled out for 195 in their second innings.

Warner and Bancroft converted their 114-run partnership into an unbeaten 173-run stand as Australia finished things off in the opening session.

The duo etched their name into the record books as they amassed the highest unbeaten opening partnership in a successful chase in Test cricket.

Warner ended up making 87 off 119 balls, which included 10 boundaries, while Bancroft remained undefeated on a career-best 82, which came off 182 deliveries and included 10 boundaries and a six.

England captain Joe Root was disappointed to have lost, and said: “It’s the chances we missed, 250 for 4 you want to get 400-plus. Then with the ball they were 80 for 4, seven down plenty behind. You want to take hold of those and get a lead. Think we played some excellent cricket, got to play it for a longer period of time.

“Steve made a big hundred, that was probably the difference. Think that’s a positive for our bowling attack, we had some plans that came off, but have to take our chances. We showed great skill, made them work hard for runs. Most of the guys played the short ball well, pretty clear what work needs to be ready for the next game. Mo’s finger has been a bit uncomfortable but hopefully he’ll be fine.”

Australia skipper Steve Smith, who was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 141, was delighted to have taken a 1-0 lead in the series, and said: “First Test of an Ashes is very important, there was a bit of pressure but really pleased with how we played. All the top six are in good form, sometimes you miss out.

“Was nice to get a partnership with Pat Cummins. It meant a lot [the hundred], I really had to dig deep. It was tough, my slowest, but one of my best. Cameron looked very good, had good plans, played very straight. The partnership with David was magnificent.”

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