Thursday 14 December 2017 / 01:55 AM

AUSSIES FINISH THE JOB EARLY ON FINAL DAY

David Warner and Cameron Bancroft needed just 16 overs on Monday morning to close out a crushing 10-wicket win for Australia in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

Facing a target of 170 after England was bowled out for 195 in their second innings on Day 4, the reached 114 without loss as Warner and Bancroft brought up half-centuries.

The opening pair finished the job in prompt fashion, with debutant Bancroft finishing 82 not out off 182 balls and Warner reaching an unbeaten 87 from just 119 deliveries.

Both batsmen blasted 10 fours, while Bancroft also added a six. Bancroft capped an impressive maiden outing in the baggy green by hitting the winning runs – a powerful four down the ground off Chris Woakes.

England were left to rue an opportunity to at least force a draw in the opening Test after arguably enjoying the better of the first two days, but Australian captain Steve Smith’s majestic first-innings 141 not out undeniably swung the match.

The final day of the Test was overshadowed by yesterday’s revelation that England keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow had allegedly headbutted Western Australia’s Bancroft in a Perth pub at the beginning of the tour, but there was no signs of any ill-feeling on the pitch in Brisbane this morning.

Meanwhile, Bairstow, England captain Joe Root and coach Trevor Bayliss played down the seriousness of the reported incident after play finished.

The second Test – a historic day-night clash at Adelaide Oval – gets underway on Saturday, December 2.

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