English media, social media reaction to the throw, collapse, first ball wicket, Joe Root

The first Test of the Ashes series began at midnight London time, and those who remained were rewarded with a lost wicket at the very first ball at the Gabba.

Things didn’t improve much as England collapsed to lose four wickets, including superstars Joe Root and Ben Stokes, while a mid-round retaliation from Ollie Pope (35) and Jos Buttler (38) finally saw the team battling for 157 before the rain put an end to the proceedings.

English experts and fans have expressed concerns ahead of the game over the bold move to drop veteran Stuart Broad, making it the first time since 2006 that neither he nor his compatriot James Anderson has appeared in an Ashes test.

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Root’s decision to strike after winning the draw also backfired, as the Aussie setters adapted perfectly to the conditions, although in all fairness Aussie skipper Pat Cummins admitted he would have makes the same call.

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Still, England fans had to dissect their squad’s bleak outlook after a morning in which just about anything that could go wrong happened.

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