Joe Root single-handedly scored double the number of runs Australia scored in the first innings of the fourth Test match at Trent Bridge, which emphasises the visitors pathetic performance, where they were shot down for just 60 runs, which is Australia's joint sixth-lowest score.
Stuart Broad could not have bowled any better as the England pacer did not even allow their fans to worry about James Anderson's absence. Broad finished with impressive figures of 8 wickets for 15 runs.
The pitch did assist swing, but it was not a strip where batting was impossible. The Australia batsmen could not apply themselves on the batting crease, which led to their downfall, but one has to give credit to the England bowlers, especially Broad, who bowled in the right areas to extract the right amount of movement to get those precious edges behind the wicket.
Only two players -- Peter Nevill and Mitchell Johnson -- had double digit scores against their name in Australia's embarrassing scorecard, which included three ducks.
If there were demons in the 22 yard strip, England should also have suffered the same fate, but their batsmen looked comfortable, as they piled on 274 runs for the loss of four wickets. They have already got a head start in the fourth Test match, as they lead Australia by 214 runs.
The first day of the Test, witnessed Australia and England poles apart as far as their application at the batting crease was concerned. England batsmen looked composed and took the attack to the Australian bowlers when needed, with Joe Root scoring yet another century.
The middle order batsman scored 124 runs and is still at the batting crease, which only makes life tougher for the Aussies on Day 2. Jonny Baristow also batted brilliantly, before being dismissed for 74.
The second day of the Test match is going to be crucial for both the teams as England can bat Australia out of the Test match, while Australia have to bowl England out in the first session of play to have any hopes of saving the Test.
Australia's captain, Michael Clarke was disappointed with the way Day 1 went, but still remains positive.
"I'm really disappointed with how the day has turned out, but it's only one day down," ABC quoted Clarke as saying.
"We've got to find a way. I think we were mentally up for the fight, obviously it doesn't look like we were, but I don't want to take anything away from Stuart Broad, and England were brilliant in the field."
Where to Watch Live
The second day of the Test match could well decide the fate of the series as England are in the driver's seat. The second day of the Fourth Test match is scheduled for a 11am local time (3:30pm IST, 6am ET, 7:30pm AEST) start with live TV coverage in India on Star Sports 1/HD with live streaming on starsports.com.
Viewers in Australia with the hope of a better second day can watch all three session of the day live on Nine Network withlive streaming on CA website.
The second day of the fourth Test match of the Ashes can be watched by the viewers in the US on ESPN with live streaming on Watch ESPN.