England winning the toss opted to bat first and posted a total of 393/8 in just 78 overs before declaring for the day despite Joe Root standing unbeaten at 118 runs. Australia in reply posted 386 runs on board with the help of brilliant hundred from Usman Khawaja. Khawaja's 141 was well supported by fifties from Travis Head and Alex Carey but despite their efforts Aussies ended short by seven runs.
Spinners like Nathan Lyon and Moeen Ali were brilliant with the ball, while Stuart Broad and Ollie Robinson picked three wickets to their name respectively. On day 3 of the match, rain interrupted the game and England end with a score of 28/2 in 10.3 overs with a lead of 35 runs).
Numbers and stats from ENG vs AUS 1st Test (Day 1, 2 and 3):
3 - Scott Boland has dismissed Zak Crawley for third time in Test cricket. Nathan Lyon has also dismissed Ollie Pope three times in Test cricket.
Zak Crawley vs Scott Boland in Tests:
Inns - 6
Runs - 39
Avg - 13
Outs - 3
Ollie Pope vs Nathan Lyon in Tests:
Inns - 4
Runs - 22
Avg - 7.33
Outs - 3
3 - Pat Cummins smashed three sixes in his innings.
Most sixes as a captain in Test innings of Ashes series:
Percy Chapman - 3 in Lord's, 1930
Pat Cummins - 3 in Birmingham, 2023
4 - Both, Joe Root and Usman Khawaja recorded their fourth hundred in the Ashes series.
6 - For sixth time in Test cricket history, team batting first has declared before close of play on Day 1.
Instances of team batting first and declaring before close of day 1 in Tests:
PAK vs ENG in Lord's, 1974
AUS vs IND in Hyderabad, 2013
SA vs AUS in Adelaide, 2016
SA vs ZIM in Port Elizabeth, 2017
ENG vs NZ in Mt. Maunganui, 2023
ENG vs AUS in Birmingham, 2023
7 - Usman Khawaja smashed his seventh hundred in Test cricket since 2022.
Most hundreds in Test cricket since 2022:
Joe Root - 7
Usman Khawaja - 7
Jonny Bairstow - 6
Most runs in Tests since 2022:
Usman Khawaja - 1762 (31 inns)
Joe Root - 1591 (34 inns)
Marnus Labuschagne - 1347 (31 inns)
15 - Stuart Broad dismissed David Warner for the 15th time in Test cricket.
Bowlers to dismiss a batter most times in the Ashes series:
Glenn McGrath - 19 vs Michael Atherton
Alec Bedser - 18 vs Arthur Morris
Hugh Trumble - 15 vs Tom Hayward
Stuart Broad - 15 vs David Warner
46 - Joe Root recorded his 46th hundred in international cricket.
Most centuries in international cricket among active players:
Virat Kohli - 75
Joe Root - 46
David Warner - 45
Most centuries in Test cricket among active players:
Steven Smith - 31
Joe Root - 30
Virat Kohli / Kane Williamson - 28