ENGLAND failed miserably in the First Test after a catastrophic collapse on the fourth day.
The hope created by a partnership between Joe Root and Dawid Malan quickly vanished and England finished with nine shots.
It means that their hope of reclaiming their Ashes – remember, the Aussie holds the little urn – is somewhere between slender and non-existent.
British table tennis players burned themselves with a series of anemic hits and their last eight hits fell in just 74 runs.
Captain Root admitted: “It’s frustrating because we’ve worked really hard to get back into the game and we know how important it is to try to get past the new ball today without getting hurt. .
“If we had continued to develop the partnership, we might have given ourselves a chance. You saw how the playing field was with sideways movement and cracks appearing.
“It’s a pity that we couldn’t get past that early stage. But there’s good to be gained from this game – especially the bowling endeavor – and we have to come back stronger in the Second Test. ”
He made a bad decision to knock out Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson and decided to beat after winning. And, when the game started, they were outplayed.
Root and Malan’s relationship soon ended on Wednesday morning.
Left winger Malan made his way down the field for Nathan Lyon, poking the ball into his pad and it fell into the hands of Marnus Labuschagne at a silly spot.
It was Lyon’s 400th test trolley.
Then one big thing, a calamity for England. Root poked a slot for a ball from the all-around Cameron Green and caught up for 89.
That was Root’s highest score in a test match in Australia but England needed more from him, much more.
The ball goes off the field a little but Root will realize that he doesn’t need to play with it.
Lyon had his second header of the morning when Ollie Pope tried to get the serve too close to him to make the shot.
It was the first ball Pope faced from Lyon and, once again, the Surrey hitters looked frantic and darted into a spinning sphere. That is a significant limitation if he wants to be a major international tennis player.
Ben Stokes has endured a disappointing return to cricket after a period of self-imposed exile to take care of his mental health and fix his troubled left index finger.
He made five in the first innings and his bowling was limited by a paralyzed left knee. Stokes only managed 14 in the second half before plunging into a terrible mess with Pat Cummins and speared a catch to devour.
Jos Buttler hit a ball that he could leave alone and then Ollie Robinson, the hitter for England as disappointing as his bowling game had impressed, tried to make it. conduct an absurd reverse sweep against Lyon and be arrested immediately.
A “catastrophic” power outage at ground level meant the world’s TV picture feed went down, along with the Decision Review System.
So no one globally can see what’s going on for 20 minutes even though that’s at least the length of time with no signs of falling. Or perhaps it would be better if some sockets were invisible.
Mark Wood was hit by Lyon when he aimed for a clever steering drive and then Chris Woakes was caught after aiming a headbutt into Green’s net.
The Aussies needed just 20 runs and, with regular opener David Warner having to nurse bruised ribs, first goal keeper Alex Carey took first place with Marcus Harris.
Carey was arrested after Robinson but the inevitable ending was a square drive for four by Harris off Wood.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/cricket/17006984/england-australia-first-ashes-test/ Britain was destroyed in the Australian nine-stick carnage following the horrific fall on the fourth day of the First Ash Test