The first Test of the Ashes series began at midnight London time and those who stayed awake were rewarded with a lost wicket on the very first ball at the gabba.
Things didn’t get much better when England collapsed in a disastrous first session for the tourists, losing four wickets, including those of superstars Joe Root and Ben Stokes.
England’s pundits and fans have raised concerns ahead of the game about the bold decision to drop veteran Stuart Broad, the first time since 2006 that neither he nor fellow legend James Anderson participated in an ash test.
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Root’s decision to strike after winning the throw also seemed to backfire, as Australia’s sailors took the terms wonderfully, although Australian skipper Pat Cummins fairly admitted he made the same call.
Still, the English fans had to analyze a dire prospect of their team after a morning when pretty much anything could go wrong.