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Australia bowled England out for just 147 in two sessions on the first day of the first Ashes test to put themselves in a dominant position already.

England have been preparing a long time for this huge Ashes series in Australia then first ball Mitchell Starc bowled opener Rory Burns round his legs to send the Gabba into pandemonium.

The chaos did not stop there; Dawid Malan was caught behind by Alex Carey off an out swinging delivery from Josh Hazlewood. Hazlewood was relentless early on with some brilliant deliveries and the seamer picked up the wicket of England captain Joe Root for a duck, leaving the tourists just 11 for three.

The return of Ben Stokes who came in at number five was short lived when captain Pat Cummins produced a beautiful delivery to cause the all-rounder to edge to third slip. 29 for four.

Ollie Pope came in at six and batted well with lots of intent and England started to recover, with Pope and Haseeb Hameed creating a 31 run partnership. However, Hameed gave Cummins his second wicket of the day when he nicked behind to Steve Smith at second slip, leaving England 60 for five.

Jos Buttler came in for Hameed and matched Pope’s energy with some aggressive and attacking shots that gave England a bit of momentum with a 50 run partnership between the two. Buttler scores 39 off 58 balls before he was caught behind by Carey off Starc’s bowling to end a brilliant partnership for England. 112 for six.

Australia then quickly got Pope out as Cameron Green picked up his first ever test wicket thanks to a brilliant catch from Hazlewood. England were now in a terrible position, 118 for seven.

Captain Cummins picked up his third wicket; Ollie Robinson was caught behind by Carey for a duck, leaving England 122 for eight.

Cummins got a five wicket haul on his first game as captain, picking up the last two wickets of Mark Wood for eight and finally Chris Woakes for 21 runs. England were all out for 147 in 50 overs, a terrible score which left them already massively on the back foot.

England didn’t get a chance to bowl a ball at Australia as the heavens opened and rain stopped play at the Gabba.

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July 2024