Stuart Broad has been built up as an entire cricketing nation’s villain, by some sections of the Australian media at least, but taking a 5 for in the 1st day’s proceedings will probably go a long way in answering back those criticisms.
Mind you, the criticisms weren’t based on his cricketing prowess, rather his refusal to walk when he was caught behind but not given out by the umpire during the previous Ashes series this summer.
Don’t think many people supported him in his later justifications of it either, including BBC Test match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew.
But if you want to talk about raw performance on the pitch then today was extremely good.
It’s only just begun though and England still have to bat their first innings, presumably sometime during day 2. A lot will depend on the performance with the willow as well.
Australia are currently 273 for 8, which isn’t a bad total so far although they would have probably preferred something in excess of 350-400 on a batting track.
Still, not a bad start to the English bid of winning a 4th consecutive Ashes and a 2nd straight in Australia.