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“Not every team is India,” Twitter reacts as Australia thumps England in the first Ashes test

India are the only team to beat Australia at the Gabba in more than 30 years

After England’s comeback with the bat on day 3 in the first Ashes Test, it seemed as if the fans might get to see another extraordinary turnaround at the Gabba. The surface seemed very flat and with England, just 58 runs away from nullifying the first-innings lead, the game was evenly poised at stumps on day 3, considering the fact that Australia had to bat fourth.

But, somehow, England just lost the momentum as they resumed their innings on day 4. It was not as if the pitch started behaving any differently all of a sudden. There was no massive movement off the deck, and there was not too much in the air either. It just took a couple of moments of lapse of concentration from the two set batsmen at the crease, and England suffered another middle-order collapse to lose the first Ashes Test.

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India, under similar circumstances, had turned things around in the 4th innings at the Gabba earlier this year, where on a surface that had flattened out after the first three days, they chased down a score in excess of 320 to hand Australia their first ever defeat at the venue in more than three decades.

While Australia’s bowling attack was the same in both games, what was different was the application showed by the two batting orders. While England couldn’t build on the big partnership they got at the top of the order, India had contributions both at the top and the middle order to trump Australia at their fortress.

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The partnership of Root and Malan was England’s only significant batting effort in the first Ashes test

Apart from the partnership between Joe Root and Dawid Malan in the second innings, England didn’t have one significant contribution with the bat in both innings in the first Ashes test and that’s certainly not the kind of effort that can be enough to beat a quality team at home, particularly at a venue where they have lost just once in 33 years.

Indian fans took a dig at the England team as the Gabba test came to its conclusion, saying not every team has got it in them to breach Australia’s fortress-like India did without their main players. England had won an Ashes series in Australia by 3-1 in 2010, but even during that series, they were not able to win the Gabba test match, which suggests how difficult it has been to face the Kangaroos at the Gabba.

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For Indian fans, it’s a matter of great joy and pride that they are the only team to be able to do something in Australia that no team ever achieved in the last 33 years. Here is how Twitter reacted as Australia beat England at Gabba by 9 wickets –

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Abhishek

I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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