No wickets fell at all on the final day of the opening Ashes 2010/11 series test match at the Gabba, Brisbane.
England’s batsmen Alistair Cook and Jonathan Trott put on a huge partnership of 325 on this increasingly benign wicket. Cook was the star of the show, hitting a whopping 235 not out which will see him a tough man to beat for series averages, while Trott added 135 not out, to add to captain Strauss’ 110, as England made 517-1 before declaring with just over 40 overs remaining.
Australia, set 297 to win in that time, could only manage 107-1 in reply to ensure honours were even at stumps on the final day, with Ricky Ponting making 51 not out and Shane Watson getting ten less with 41 not out.
The only wicket of the day was that of Katich, who was caught by Strauss off the bowling of Broad.
Cook’s innings was the sixth best by any Englishman in Ashes history and also the highest ever test score at the Gabba.
Both sides bowling attack will be hoping for more from the pitch in Adelaide, where the second test will begin on 3rd December.
The Ashes 2010/11 – First Test Scores
Close of play, day five.
- 1st Innings – England – 260 All Out
- 1st Innings – Australia – 481 All Out
- 2nd Innings – England 507-1
- 2nd Innings – Australia 107-1
- Test Drawn