Steve Smith scored hundreds in both the innings of the first Ashes 2019 Test. (Source: Twitter)

Australia begin the Ashes 2019 campaign with a thumping victory over England by 251 runs in Birmingham on Monday. Riding on twin tons from Steve Smith who was making a retrun to Test cricket after the ban, the visitors handed England a target of 397.

England’s batting order surrendered against Nathan Lyon’s spin web as the off-spinner bagged six wickets for 49 runs in 20 overs. Apart from Lyon, Pat Cummins was the only bowler to scalp wickets. Cummins picked a four-for as England wrapped up their second innings for a mere 146. Chris Woakes top-scored for England with 37 while Jason Roy and captain Joe Root scored 28 apiece.

Earlier, the hosts had taken a 90-run lead that was nullified after both Smith and Matthew Wade struck individual tons in the second innings to help Australia post a total of 487/7 (D).

Australia now lead the five-match series 1-0. The second match will begin from August 14 at Lord’s.