‘England win the toss and choose to collapse’: Cricket fans SLAM off Joe Root’s captaincy as visitors slide just over an hour into their Ashes campaign in Australia at the Gabba to 29-4
- England endured a horror morning session on the first day of the Ashes First Test
- The visitors of Joe Root dropped to 29-4 after just 69 minutes of the Brisbane Test
- Rory Burns was bowled clean by Mitchell Starc in the first pitch of the series
- Dawid Malan, Captain Root and Ben Stokes all got behind in a nightmarish start
England fans once again bemoaned their side’s best striker on social media, when Joe Root’s side fell to 29-4 in just over an hour on the first day of the Ashes at the Gabba.
Root’s men got off to the worst possible start in Brisbane on Wednesday, as Rory Burns was bowled clean by Mitchell Starc on the first pitch of this Ashes series.
And in the 69th minute, the visitors fell to 29-4, with captain Joe Root and talisman Ben Stokes limping behind along with Dawid Malan. Haseeb Hameed and Ollie Pope managed to send England to 59-4 over lunch, but it was a horror opening Ashes session for the visitors.
England fans criticized Captain Joe Root’s (middle) captaincy as the visitors had a horror start at the Ashes in Brisbane
Josh Hazlewood (center) took two wickets as England fell to 29-4 in 69 minutes
And cricket fans on social media had to lament Root’s decision to bat after winning the toss at the Gabba, especially how green the Brisbane pitch looked before the devastating first pitch.
One fan tweeted: ‘England won the toss and chose to collapse.’
Another wrote: ‘Disastrous start for England. Suspicious Australia will hit when I wake up. Why oh why did Root choose to bat first on this green wicket?’
Meanwhile, a fan claimed: ‘England is a better bowling match than they are at bat, so on a 50:50 pitch why bat first. Be sure to go to your strength.”
Another said: ‘England wins toss, choose to bat on Gabba’s green top. Too funny – what were they thinking lol’
Rory Burns (second from left) was bowled clean by Mitchell Starc (right) in the first ball of the series
England captain Root walked a nine-ball duck after winning the toss and choosing bat
One supporter claimed: ‘England choosing to hit first on that wicket is absolute madness #ashes’
And another fan wrote: ‘I’m not sure why England chose to hit first on this pitch and under these conditions!! Wouldn’t have made much difference to the overall result but at least it would have kept it respectable ffs.. Shameful this #TheAshes’
After Burns’ leg stump went flying through Starc’s fierce first delivery, Malan clumsily pushed Josh Hazlewood’s delivery into the hands of wicketkeeper Alex Carey within the first four overs.
Ben Stokes (center) also moved to Marnus Labushagne (right) in the morning session
England were three down a few minutes later and it was a killer when captain Root Hazlewood’s delivery to David Warner slipped after eight spot balls.
Talisman Stokes returned to Test cricket and is showing some promising signs with a few limits, but the 30-year-old fell the same way as Root, when his shot from Australia’s new captain, Pat Cummins, was tilted at Marnus Labuschagne.
Pope picked up where Stokes left off with some excellent boundaries, while Hameed cemented his place as opener by staying in the fold throughout the morning session. But this was an Ashes entrance to quickly forget for the visitors.