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Aug 06, 2019 - City A.M.

IN THE END England surrendered the first Ashes Test meekly. The 251-run margin of defeat was unimaginable on the opening day, when Australia were reeling on 122-8 at a raucous Edgbaston. And unimaginable for good reason: England have made history, registering the biggest loss of any Test side to have claimed a first-innings lead of 90 runs or more.

England did, of course, run up against the best batsman in the world, who played his best ever Test match to score a match-swinging 286 runs ov...