Thursday 14 December 2017 / 01:57 AM

ASHES WRAP: AUSTRALIA ON THE CUSP OF CRUSHING WIN

After three evenly-contested days of Test cricket, Australia dominated Day 4 of the Ashes opener in Brisbane to all but seal an emphatic victory over England.

England were bowled out for 195 in their second innings to set Australia a modest target of 170, before David Warner and Camerson Bancroft racked up half-centuries and saw the hosts through to 114 without loss at stumps.

Resuming on 2/33, the tourists made a promising start on Sunday until Nathan Lyon removed Mark Stoneman (27) and Dawid Malan (4). Joe Root (51) was trapped lbw by Josh Hazlewood when the score was on 113, while Moeen Ali (40) was controversially given out stumped off Lyon’s bowling after a 42-run stand with Jonny Bairstow.

Chris Woakes (17) held down an end for 57 balls, but when he and Bairstow (42) departed in consecutive Mitchell Starc overs, the tail quickly crumbled. Stuart Broad (2) went caught-behind to archrival Starc, while Jake Ball (1) was in all sorts before skying one off Pat Cummins as England’s last four wickets fell for 10 runs.

Warner (60*) blazed eight boundaries while Bancroft (51*) hit five fours and a six in his maiden Test fifty, the pair leaving Australia with just 56 runs left to get on the final day.

A bad day got worse for England after the close of play, with the ECB revealing they were set to investigate an alleged incident in Perth at the start of the tour.

Bairstow reportedly head-butted Western Australia batsman Bancroft when the teams crossed paths in a pub.

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