England captain Joe Root was sacked for a duck during the First Ash Test at The Gabba, caught by David Warner from Josh Hazlewood’s bowling alley
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Winning the pitch, Root decided to hit the bat first but England got off to a bad start with Rory Burns gets hit by the first ball of the series.
Dawid Malan soon followed, being caught up by newcomer Alex Carey in Hazlewood by six points.
His dismissal brought Root to a climax in the fourth inning, with England struggling 11-2.
Over the course of the summer, Root saved his troubled team on numerous occasions, but he was unable to do so at The Gabba.
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A couple of nice bowling shots from Hazlewood made the England captain, who was caught by David Warner.
Speaking on BBC Test Match Special, former England pitcher Steven Finn said: “It was the exact scenario England wanted to avoid.
“The period that Australia has been bowling is very good. He is attracted to Root going forward. He is in big trouble.”
Speaking on comment, Australia legend Adam Gilchrist added: “It’s been a first day captaining England. Hazlewood, non-stop. Australia is crushing England.”
Comprehensive return Ben Stokes have also dropped cheaply, with new Australia captain Pat Cummins arresting him for the year.
Stokes fought in his first innings for four months, but Cummins produced an excellent ball to send him packing.
Cummins leaned back a long distance and the ball was slightly straight, hitting the edge of Stokes’ club and being caught by a diving Marnus Labuschagne.
“It’s a beautiful little bit of bowling,” former British athlete Phil Tufnell told the BBC Test Match Special.
“Pressed from the box and it became big for Stokes. England are having a hard time all of them.”
Australian TV commentator and former cameraman Kerry O’Keeffe added: “It was so big for him, he couldn’t let go of his hands and he was forced to play it in angle.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/cricket/ashes-joe-root-england-australia-25643046 Joe Root out for a duck in the First Ash Test as Josh Hazlewood sacks England captain