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Cricket-England got in trouble at age 59 during a four-hour lunch in the Ashes . opening

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December 8, 2021

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – England’s Ashes campaign got off to a disastrous start when they lost a club on the first ball of the series and added three more before lunch after winning the throw and pick on Gabba grass on Wednesday.

England are in danger at 59th of four goals at the lunch break, with opener Haseeb Hameed (25 not out) and number six Ollie Pope (17 not out) tasked with reviving the innings of tourists on a wet day in Brisbane.

Rory Burns became the first player to put the first pitcher in the Ashes series since 1936, when Mitchell Starc shot the opener around his feet to deliver resounding roars from the terrace.

The last time that happened was when Ernie McCormick let Stan Worthington get caught in the back at the same yard to give Don Bradman the best possible start to his first series as captain. .

Dawid Malan was caught after six hours, without needing to push a surging Josh Hazlewood serve, the advantage that saw debuting sports keeper Alex Carey fired on the first test.

Within half an hour, Australia had claimed their third victim as captain Joe Root became the second British duck of the morning as Hazlewood gave David Warner the advantage in a slip.

That sent the tourists reeling at 11:03, reaching out to Ben Stokes to mount a rescue with Hameed.

The almighty Stokes was surrounded by Australian pacers before new captain Pat Cummins cornered him with a short ball that Marnus Labuschagne caught low on his first slide after a drink break.

“It was a good start, I think we got the ball in the right area, nice and complete,” Hazlewood said.

“It’s a little bit but I think it’s a good wicket. Starcy usually gets a wicket the first few times and we’re looking forward to that now. “

England had earlier surprised when it confirmed Stuart Broad would be rested alongside veteran speed teammate James Anderson, for the first time in five years neither of them bowling in a test.

The last time, England lost to Bangladesh.

That resulted in a total of 1,156 missed shots on the bench, leaving inexperienced Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood leading the fast attacks, with Jack Leach being chosen as the mainstay.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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