The Ashes got underway on Wednesday (December 8) at the Gabba in Brisbane. England skipper Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat first. Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc was right on the money on ball one and dismissed Rory Burns for a duck. The left-arm pacer thus became the second bowler to take a wicket off the first ball in the Ashes series.
Australia were pumped up after the terrific start and they managed to take regular wickets. At lunch on day one, the visitors were reeling at 59 for four. Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, and Joe Root were all back in the pavilion. The script didn’t change much after the post-lunch session as Australia skipper Pat Cummins continued his rich vein of form and accounted for five wickets.
England were bundled out for 147, with wicketkeeper batter Jos Buttler top-scoring with 39 runs. Ollie Pope was the next best batter with a score of 35. England’s two senior batters Root and Stokes were found wanting against a quality pace attack.
England’s batting implosion was trending all over social media. Some of the fans shared the past experiences of the team Down Under. Queensland Police too joined in the fun and shared a cheeky tweet on the visitors’ horrible batting collapse. “BNE traffic update: A large crowd for the first test so plan your Cummins and goings. We’d be Lyon if we said there’ll be nothing but Green lights near the Gabba. Don’t say we didn’t Warner #Ashes,” it wrote.
BNE traffic update: A large crowd for the first test so plan your Cummins and goings. We'd be Lyon if we said there'll be nothing but Green lights near the Gabba. Don't say we didn't Warner #Ashes
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) December 7, 2021
In the next Tweet, the Queensland Police took a dig on England’s batting order and said, “Queensland Police are launching an investigation into a group impersonating a Test batting order at the Gabba,” it wrote.
Queensland Police are launching an investigation into a group impersonating a Test batting order at the Gabba.
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) December 8, 2021
The rain stopped proceedings on Day 1 of the Brisbane Test. England would be hoping to make a strong comeback in the remaining four days.