Australia win first Ashes Test with crushing 251-run victory over England at Edgbaston

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Australia have hammered England in the first Ashes Test – winning by 251 runs at Edgbaston.

The hosts were bowled out for just 146 on the final day as the Aussies launched a stunning comeback over the course of the Test.

Nathan Lyon did most of the damage on day five, taking 6-49 as England struggled to cope with his movement off the pitch.

Paceman Pat Cummins also impressed taking the other four scalps for just 32 runs in his 11.3 overs.

Chris Woakes was the only player to offer any real resistance with a counter-attacking 37 before he was the last wicket to fall, looping Cummins to Smith at second slip.

It was fitting that Smith took the last catch after an incredible Test match for the returning Aussie batsman.

He scored a century in each innings and played a particularly impressive knock on the first day as the tourists recovered from 122-8 to post 284 all out.

Rory Burns hit 133 to record a maiden Test century as England posted a 90-run lead after the first innings, but the match went away from Joe Root’s side on day four.

Twin hundreds from Smith and Matthew Wade saw Australia declared on 487-7 – and their lead was ample to seal a 1-0 series advantage.

It is the first time Australia have won the first Test on English shores since 2005, when Michael Vaughan’s side recovered to take the series.

Joe Root will be hoping that is an omen as the two sides head to Lord’s for the second Test next week.