England made a disastrous start to the Ashes on Wednesday. all out for 147 on the stroke of tea after losing to first batsman Rory Burns’ first ball series in Brisbane. Game could not be resumed after tea as rain brought early stumps on Wednesday. Mitchell Starc sensationally bowled Burns around his legs as Australia’s pacers tore through England’s top order with Pat Cummins taking 5-38 during his debut as Test captain. After English captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat, the visitors were bundled in just 50.1 overs.
David Malan, who scored six, and Root, for a duck, followed Burns quickly as England trailed 11-3 with a green wicket.
Cummins then removed Ben Stokes for five to leave England struggling at 59 for four at lunch, with opening batsman Haseeb Hameed at 25 alongside Ollie Pope at 17.
In the first over after the break, Hameed tipped Cummins against Steve Smith on the second slip to make England falter 60-5.
Jos Buttler came out and launched a fightback effort with a dazzling series of attacking shots to put the Australian attack on the back foot for the first time.
With the score at 112, however, Buttler, who scored 39, grabbed a catch shot to debutant wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
Six runs later, Pope was caught with a deep leg for 35 to give Cameron Green his first Test wicket.
England’s challenge was anything but over, despite a few late blows from Chris Woakes, who was last man out for 21 when Cummins wiped his tail.
Earlier, Root made the brave decision to bat in hot, humid, bowler-friendly conditions at the Gabba under cloudy skies, a move he may have struggled with over tea.
Brisbane experienced a wet start to the summer, flushing out most of the tourists’ scheduled warm-up matches.
After having little chance of acclimatizing to the conditions, England’s top order struggled with the pace and movement of the Australian attack.
The crowd of about 28,000 were barely seated in their seats when Starc bowled clean for Burns behind the left-handers’ legs with a full, swinging delivery that should have been defended.
It was only the second time in the history of the Ashes that a wicket fell on the first ball of the series. The only previous victim was England’s Stan Worthington in 1936, also in Brisbane.
Josh Hazlewood had Malan caught by Carey and then the prize-headed skin of the world’s leading batsman Root, who was taken on the first slip by David Warner without counting.
On his return to action after five months, Stokes drove to the border after the first drink break.
But shortly afterwards, Cummins raised the ball fiercely and the versatile player could only fend it off to Marnus Labuschagne, who dived to the left of the third slip to catch a good catch.
England, who already miss the outfitted Jimmy Anderson, have made the surprising decision to let veteran seam bowler Stuart Broad out.
Instead, they opted for a seam attack from Woakes, Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson, reinforced by Stokes and left-arm spinner Jack Leach.
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