Ashes: Cricket legends react to England’s collapse against Australia


England were skittled out for 147 in the first innings of the 2021-22 Ashes (Pictures: Getty)

England were bowled out for just 147 on day one of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, with new Australia captain Pat Cummins taking five wickets and Mitchell Starc striking with the first ball of the day.

Joe Root would have wanted his side to bat all day after winning the toss but Australia dominated the tourists, who lasted just 50.1 overs in the first innings of the series.

Starc took two wickets, knocking over Rory Burns with the first ball and removing Jos Buttler, who top-scored for England with 39.

Cummins, who recently replaced Tim Paine as Australia skipper, was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-38, while Josh Hazlewood also impressed with two scalps.

England have lost 9-0 across the last two Ashes series in Australia and the early signs for this five-match contest are far from positive, with the hosts blowing Root’s side away as they look to retain the urn.

After England were bowled out inside two sessions, Australia legend Glenn McGrath told BT Sport: ‘It was an incredible performance. It’s how Australia wanted to start off.

‘Losing the toss was a bit of a bonus in the end. In the first hour it does plenty here but you’ve got to get the ball in the right area and Australia did that really well.

‘They all challenged the batters all the time. That’s all you have to do and they did it very well. They created chances, held their catches, so Australia will be really pleased.

‘The Australians bowled very well, you have to give them credit. Once England lost a couple of wickets it became really tough.’

Australia record wicket-taker, Shane Warne, added: ‘Terrific start for the Aussies & the skipper Pat Cummins with his five-fer.

‘England are still in the game if they can knock over Australia for less than 285. Plenty in the pitch. [Ollie] Robinson the key to England taking early wickets.’

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