World-renowned cricketing outfit Australia returned to Test cricket with a hard-fought win over Sussex.
However, given the underdog status of Sussex, the result would have been too close for comfort for Australia.
In fact, when Sussex bowled Australia out for 277, they looked to be in with a great chance.
Australia’s Marcus Stoinis was out for 110, and Aaron Finch was out for 78, as Australia’s top batsmen looked to carry them through the Test.
Despite the efforts of Stoinis and Finch, the third highest scorer for the Aussies was Ashton Agar with 21. This marked a poor day for Australia’s lower batting order.
Australia had been on a daunting 167-1 before their collapse, but Sussex rallied to get them all out when they had threatened to run away with the Test.
When Sussex reached 130-2, they would have felt good about their chances.
They capitulated though, going all out for a disappointing 220 runs, falling well short of Australia’s tally.
Australia had not played since their ball-tampering scandal against South Africa
Jason Gillespie, Sussex’s head coach, was frustrated with his sides inability to see things through: “We had our opportunities with the bat once again and I sound a bit like a broken record. We’re getting starts, but we’re not going on and doing the job”.
However, he remains optimistic, seeing some positives in the game, but also the need to learn from their failings: “The efforts were fantastic from the lads; three boys scoring more than 40 but nobody going on beyond 62, so we need to learn our lessons”.
Sussex were not expected to win this game. They will still rue their missed opportunities though, missing the chance to cause a major upset against an elite outfit.
For Australia, they will be relieved that their return from their ball-tampering controversy was a victorious one.