England’s Ashes campaign suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Australia in Brisbane on day one. England were bowled out for just 147, with Steve Smith leading the way with an outstanding 76 not out.
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|Cummins 5-38, England 147 all out|
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England’s Ashes campaign got off to a depressingly familiar start at the Gabba, with the visitors being skittled for only 147 on the first day of the tournament.
Rory Burns was dismissed by Mitchell Starc from the first ball of the Ashes series, instantly sapping English hope in Brisbane.
England were 11-3 after opting to bat on a green-tinged wicket that aided the speed bowlers, with captain Joe Root going for zero.
Pat Cummins, who grabbed 5-38 on his debut day as captain, spearheaded Australia’s persistent assault.
With 39 runs, Jos Buttler launched an England counter-offensive, sharing a stand of 52 with Ollie Pope, who scored 35.
The only other batters to reach double digits were Haseeb Hameed, who made 25, and Chris Woakes, who made 21.
The poor batting performance overshadowed England’s decision to leave Stuart Broad out of the Ashes Test, joining fellow speed bowler James Anderson on the sidelines for the first time in 15 years.
After a massive storm wiped away the evening session and prevented the commencement of Australia’s reply, day two will begin at 23:30 GMT, one hour earlier than the first.
Old narrative, new ashes
A dreary morning and a half-empty Gabba did nothing to make this seem like an Ashes opening, with terrible weather, Covid restrictions, and a lack of preparation for both sides adding up to a peculiar build-up to the game.
England, on the other hand, was reminded after just one ball why they had lost nine of their previous ten Tests in Australia and had not won in Brisbane in 35 years.
Burns was inscribed into Ashes legend with a swinging Starc yorker that clattered into leg stump, much like Steve Harmison’s first ball to second slip in 2006 or Nasser Hussain’s choice to field in 2002.
Should England have started the game first? Batting became easier in the afternoon session, but the damage had already been done.
There will be concerns about the decision to leave out both Broad and Anderson, which was taken with the remainder of the series in mind, despite the fact that England may have already suffered a major setback.
England has averted defeat in Brisbane the previous two times it has won a series in Australia, in 1986-87 and 2010-11. It’s too early to dismiss them in this match and the series, but they’re off to a bad start.
Again, England’s shaky batting has cost them.
Despite the optimism that the wet circumstances in Brisbane, as well as the possibility of two pink-ball day-night Tests, would help England’s bowlers, the concern that the batting would fail too frequently was realized at the first chance.
England’s hitters were not suited to endure, no matter how expertly Australia bowled or how challenging the early conditions were.
Burns, like England’s Thomas Worthington in 1936, stepped too far over and exposed his stumps, becoming just the second player in history to be out to the opening ball of an Ashes series.
After pushing at a ball from Josh Hazlewood, Dawid Malan was caught behind, and Hazlewood then got movement from a full length to take the critical wicket of Root, who was caught at first slip.
Cummins squared up Ben Stokes, who was playing for the first time since July, and then drew Hameed into wasting time after lunch by forcing him to play at a wide one.
Buttler’s counter-attack, which included drives over the covers, boosted hopes and temporarily pushed Australia back.
However, his edging behind off Starc was the beginning of England’s five-wicket loss for 35 runs.
Captain Cummins is in control of Australia’s attack.
After the turbulence of Australia’s build-up – previous captain Tim Paine quit in a texting controversy, then withdrew from the series entirely – the hosts and new skipper Cummins got off to a near-perfect start.
Cummins, Starc, and Hazlewood destroyed England’s batting in Australia’s 4-0 victory four years ago, and they did it again this time by finding movement from a full length.
If both teams’ preparations have been interrupted, it’s worth recalling that the same speed three bowled substantially in Australia’s T20 World Cup victory, and they showed no indications of rustiness in Brisbane.
They were backed up by safe catching. When Pope lost control of a pull shot, debutant Alex Carey, Paine’s replacement behind the stumps, got three wickets, while Hazlewood himself made a wonderful diving catch at long leg to give Cameron Green his maiden Test wicket.
Cummins claimed the last three wickets, with Ollie Robinson wafting a flat-footed waft and Mark Wood and Woakes succumbing to the short ball.
Another worrisome indicator for England is lower-order batsmen getting blasted away by Australian bouncers.
‘It’s difficult to comprehend the broad ruling.’
“I was really startled by England’s squad,” says cricket reporter Jonathan Agnew. It was tough for me to believe – a really difficult choice to make. You lost James Anderson, who was said to be able to play, but you can see why you wouldn’t want to risk him with Adelaide coming up next week.
“Broad is in good shape, and he has a firm grip on the top spot. What did Australia think when they found out he wasn’t playing?”
Steven Finn, the Ashes-winning fast bowler, on Test Match Special: “England would have been confident in their ability to get through the opening hour, knowing that there will be tough spells ahead. There was indications there that the ball had lost its toughness and was skipping onto the bat. I understand why England took that choice, but it hasn’t worked out well for them.”
“It wasn’t the ultimate outcome we wanted, but we won’t get too depressed about it now since both teams have to bat and it’s a long series,” England hitter Ollie Pope said.
“It was a dismal start, despite the fact that the pitch had a lot to offer. We’ll be back tomorrow with a vengeance.”
Pat Cummins, Australia’s captain: “So far, everything has gone according to plan. All of the men have made me proud. We maintained a calm demeanor. I was probably going to have a bat, so losing the toss didn’t bother me. It was a 50/50 shot.”
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England bowled out for 147 by Australia on day one at the Gabba.
The Ashes: England bowled out for 147 by Australia on day one at the Gabba Reference: bbc cricket.
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