The first match of Ashes 2019 was a treat to watch for all the cricket fans around the world. The significance of the match also increased as the ICC Test Championship also went underway with the encounter. This Test was also the first instance where players featured with names and numbers on their team jersey. At last, the match witnessed the return of the banned trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the Australia National Cricket Team for Tests. ICC Cricket Test Rankings Updated: Steve Smith Inches Closer to Virat Kohli After Ashes 2019, 1st Test.
Australia came on top at the end of the clash and many records and achievements were made in the process. Steve Smith who was returning to play the longest format of the game after a year, showed no sign of rustiness and scored centuries in both the innings. The former Australian captain was the chief architect in giving Australia a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. So, as the first Ashes Test is done and dusted, let's have a look back at the stats highlight of the match. Ashes 2019 First Test Match Report: Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins Combine to Hand Australia Rare Edgbaston Win Over England, Take 1-0 Lead.
- Steve Smith surpassed Virat Kohli to become the second-fastest batsman to score 25 Test centuries; the former Australian Captain achieved the feat in 119 innings and is just behind Don Bradman.
- Steve Smith scored his 10th ton against England and equalled the record of second-most ashes centuries with Steve Waugh, Don Bradman still tops the chart with 19 hundreds.
- Steve Smith passed the fifty run mark for the sixth consecutive time and equalled the Australian record of most consecutive fifty-plus scores in test cricket, Shared the feat with former Australian batsman Michael Hussey.
- England opener Rory Burns becomes the only 10th batsman to bat on all five days of a Test match.
- Stuart Broad claimed his 100th Ashes wickets and in process, he also became only the seventh bowler to take 450 wickets in test cricket. Broad is also the second English bowler to own this feat.
- The number one ranked Test bowler, Pat Cummins took his 100th test wicket and also became the second-fastest Aussie Pacemen after Charles Turner to achieve the feat.
- Off-spinner Nathan Lyon becomes the fourth Australian to take 350 Test wickets. Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillie are the other three.
So, these were some achievements and records from the first Ashes match. Australia won the match by 251 runs and the opening encounter has set a great tone for the series. The upcoming matches are also expected to fill with crunch moments as the hosts will look to make a comeback while the Tim Paine-lead side will try to extend their lead. The second match of the series will be played at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord's and will get underway from August 14.