At the start of the final day of the first test match at Edgbaston, June 13, England in their second innings were 215-runs behind the Australian first innings total.
At the start of the final day of the first test match at Edgbaston, June 13, England in their second innings were 215-runs behind the Australian first innings total. By the time the match ended the English batsmen had knocked up a lead of 80 with six wickets still in hand.
Subba Row the left handed opener and Ted Dexter scored their first centuries against Australia and pulled England out of trouble. These two started the day against the attack of Davidson and Mackay on a pitch which offered neither lift or turn, who hit him for two fours straight away.
Throughout the morning the runs came at a steady rate as the Australian bowlers tried to overcome the batsmen. It was Nisson who collected the first wicket of the day with a fast in swinger that got an inside edge off Subba Row. Subba Row had made 112-runs in a fine opening stand that had paved the way for an England recovery. captain Colin cowdrey lasted for almost an hour when he dropped a ball from Mackay on the pitch and it rolled into his wicket. He had scored 14. Barrington came to the wicket and faced one over before the teams went in for the lunch interval.
After lunch Dexter supported by Barrington produced a spate of fours all round the wicket. When at last he was stumped by Grout off Simpson he had hit a defiant 180-runs. England were safe with 400 on the board for the loss of four wickets. The last run of the match was scored by Smith who thus avoided a pair.