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Australia draws first blood

Australia won the first Ashes Test today at the Gabba in Brisbane and I wasn't very much surprised by the result especially after the first day but what surprised me is that the Test went on to the fifth day.

This could be attributed more maybe on Ricky Ponting not enforcing a follow-in after England 's first innings tally of 157 plus of course the mini England fightback led by Kevin Pietersen on day four.

That fightback England helped not make this Test a one-sided encounter and spill into the fifth day and had the rain come who knows it could have ended up in one unfair draw.

Back to the cricket, England's bowling was at its worst with declaring both innings helping them get Australia out. Australia scored a total of 804 runs for just ten wickets and that says a lot about the English bowling.

Maybe Monty Panesar is now needed for the Adelaide Test but there isn't much time to decide with the second Test starting Friday. Harmison could only manage just one wicket in 42 overs.

But hats off to Australia for an excellent start to the Ashes Test and I hope the team will be consistent and get another victory in Adelaide to go 2 nil up.

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