Australia vs. England Test Series 2013: Day 4 Scorecard and Recap from Brisbane

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor INovember 24, 2013

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Mitchell Johnson of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of James Anderson of England to claim victory during day four of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 24, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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Australia sealed the first Test of the 2013-14 Ashes series, bowling England out for well under 200 once more to seal a 381-run victory.

Left-arm bowler Mitchell Johnson was key to success, claiming the prized wicket of Kevin Pietersen an hour into proceedings before completing his five-wicket haul later in a rain-disrupted day.

The Ashes roadshow now moves on to Adelaide, where England face a tough ask to get themselves back in the series.


Australia Bowling Figures
BBC Sport
England Batting Figures
Cook c Haddin b Lyon 65 261
Carberry b Harris 0 18
Trott c Lyon b Johnson 9 14
Pietersen c Sub b Johnson 26 92
Bell c Haddin b Siddle 32 102
Root not out 26 118
Prior c Warner b Lyon 4 9
Broad c Haddin b Johnson 4 3
Swann c Smith b Johnson 01
Tremlett c Bailey b Harris 7 47
Anderson c and b Johnson 2 20
BBC Sport

Resuming on 24-2, the Three Lions opened the morning well as captain Alastair Cook and Pietersen moved the score onto 72-2 in the first hour's play.

Pietersen, though would soon find his day coming to a premature end, as an attempted pull shot was skied into the air and straight to the hands of the substitute fielder at fine leg.

Cook and Bell would join forces and see the side through to the end of the morning session. However, Peter Siddle would become the next bowler to damage England's attempted defiant stand as he claimed the valuable wicket of Bell, caught behind after some extra bounce from the Victorian.

Play would be held up for one-and-a-half hours shortly after, with the extended break prompting the end of Cook's one-man mission to keep the game competitive.

Having scored the third slowest Test fifty of his career, Cook would fall shortly after the restart attempting to cut spinner Nathan Lyon.

It was the cue for Lyon to join in, as he added the wicket of underperforming Matt Prior, before Johnson chipped in to remove Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann as England lost four wickets for just nine runs in the afternoon session.

Now at 151-8, England's even vague hopes of being rescued by the weather were destroyed—despite a further spell off the field and Chris Tremlett briefly digging in alongside Joe Root.

Harris would return to remove the tall fast bowler, leaving the honour of cleaning up the innings to Johnson—who left with a five-for to his name after claiming James Anderson caught and bowled.

Next up, England head north to Adelaide where they will be expected to put on a much better show as they go in search of a fourth consecutive Ashes triumph.

The batsmen, in particular, must prove they are still up to the task at hand as weaknesses seen over the English summer reared their head once more.