England fans SLAM Joe Root's captaincy as visitors slip to 29-4

England fans lamented their side’s top order batting once again on social media, as ‘s side fell to 29-4 – then all out for 147 – on the first day of at the Gabba.

Root’s men got off to the worst possible start in on Wednesday as Rory Burns was clean bowled by Mitchell Starc on the first ball of this Ashes series in Australia. 

And after 69 minutes, the visitors fell to 29-4 with captain Joe Root and talisman nicking behind along with Dawid Malan. Despite the best efforts from Jos Butter, Ollie Pope and Haseem Hameed, the visitors fell further to all out for 147. 

England fans slammed captain Joe Root’s (middle) captaincy as the visitors had a horror start to the Ashes in Brisbane

Josh Hazlewood (middle) took two wickets as England slumped to 29-4 in 69 minutes 

And cricket fans on social media were left to rue Root’s decision to bat after winning the toss at the Gabba, 온라인슬롯추천 especially how green the Brisbane pitch looked before the devastating first ball.

One fan tweeted: ‘England won the toss and elected to collapse.’

Another posted: ‘Disastrous start for England.Suspect Australia will be batting when I wake up. Why oh why did Root choose to bat first on this green wicket?’

Meanwhile, on fan claimed: ‘England are a better bowling side than they are batting side, so on a 50:50 pitch why bat first.Surely go to your strength.’


Another said: ‘England win toss, elect to bat on Gabba green top. Too funny – what were they thinking lol’

Rory Burns (second left) was clean bowled by Mitchell Starc (right) in the first ball of the series

England captain Root walked for a nine-ball duck after winning the toss and electing to bat

Supporters slammed Root’s captaincy decisions as the morning session descended into chaos

One supporter claimed: ‘England choosing to bat first on that wicket is absolute madness #ashes’

And another fan posted: ‘Not sure why England chose to bat first on this pitch and these conditions!!Wouldn’t have made much difference on the overall result but at least it would have kept it respectable ffs.. Embarrassing this #TheAshes’

After Burns’ leg stump went flying by Starc’s fierce first delivery, Malan awkwardly edged Josh Hazlewood’s delivery into the hands of wicketkeeper Alex Carey within the first four overs.

Ben Stokes (middle) also edged to Marnus Labushagne (right) in the morning session

England were three down a few minutes later and it was a killer one as captain Root edged Hazlewood’s delivery to David Warner at slip after eight dot balls. 

Talisman Stokes made his return to Test cricket and shows some promising signs with a couple of boundaries but the 30-year-old fell in a similar way to Root, as his shot from new Australia captain Pat Cummins was edged to Marnus Labuschagne. 

Pope continued where Stokes had left off with some superb boundaries, while Hameed solidified his place as an opener by staying out in the crease for the entire morning session. 

But Hameed fell just a few balls into lunch, but a mini revival was sparked by Pope and new partner Jos Buttler. 

Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope (right) threatened to produce a fightback but both fell after lunch

Josh Hazlewood produced two stunning catches to get rid of Pope and Chris Woakes late on

Pope and Buttler managed a 50 partnership with some quick-fire boundaries but the latter then fell straight away after completing the feat. 

Chris Woakes threatened after that but Pope fell to Josh Hazlewood’s stunning to give Cameron Green a first Test wicket. 

Mark Wood then mustered just eight runs before falling to Cummins, who claimed a five-for on his debut as Australia’s Test captain when Hazlewood produced another stunning catch to end England’s batting attempts after just 50 overs.  

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