The 5th and final test match of the Ashes series is reaching its climax with the passage of time. Each of the two sides will be keen to have the result in their favour at the end of the 5th day without a doubt. The game is a must win one for England who are currently trailing 2-1 in the series.
Admist several moments so far in the game, one moment which has drawn a fairamount of attention is the dismissal of Ben Stokes in the first innings of the test match.England who were put in to bat first after having lost the toss did well to get off to a good start. At around the halfway mark of Day 1, the side was comfortable as they looked well set to reach 300 and beyond. The score was edging close to 200 with a well set Brook and Stokes at the crease.
However a sizzling delivery by Mitchell Starc had the English captain all ends beaten. It was at the 39th over of the England innings, that Mitchell starc bowled a fine outswinger. Stokes who thought of flicking it initially to mid wicket was beaten totally as the outswinger wiggled past the outside of his bat and went on to dismantle his off stump completely.
Starc did his trademark celebration as Stokes stood there in disbelief for a few seconds. With the English captain dismissed for just 3, Australia took a big sigh of relief. Stokes who had started off the ashes in fine fashion failed to deliver a quality performance with the bat this time.
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England eventually managed to reach a total of 283 before being bundled up. Australiabatted for 25 overs before stumps at Day 1 and have added 61 runs for the loss of 1wicket so far.