Ashes 2019: Twitter goes berserk as Nathan Lyon rips through England to hand Australia historic win

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Australia thrashed England by 251 runs to win the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Monday.

England, set an imposing target of 398 to win, collapsed to 97 for 7 in the post-lunch session on the fifth and final day before being bundled out for 146.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed 6-49 and fast bowler Pat Cummins scalped 4-32 as Australia registered their first win in all the formats at Edgbaston since 2001.

Also, the defeat for England has ended their run of 11 successive international wins at their Birmingham ‘fortress’.

The match was a personal triumph for Australia’s former skipper Steve Smith, who in his comeback Test since a 12-month ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, scored 144 and 142.

In the process, Smith became just the fifth Australian batsman to score two centuries in an Ashes Test.

His first-innings ton powered Australia to 284 after they collapsed to 122 for 8.

England replied with 374, their first-innings lead of 90 built on a maiden Test century from left-handed opener Rory Burns, who scored 133, and half-centuries from captain Joe Root and vice-captain Ben Stokes.

Smith’s second-innings ton and a maiden Ashes century from Matthew Wade allowed visiting captain Tim Paine to declare on 487-7.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

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