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Rory Burns has Steve Harmison moment with the first ball in the Ashes series as England have a nightmare start against Australia and collect unwanted records


England had a nightmarish start for the Ashes as they collapsed 147 all out at The Gabba.

The tone was set from the get-go as Rory Burns was knocked down by Australian left-hand owner Mitchell Starc with the first ball of the series.

Burns got his legs screwed on the Ashes’ first ball
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Rory Burns has Steve Harmison moment with the first ball in the Ashes series as England have a nightmare start against Australia and collect unwanted records
Starc gave Australians a perfect start at The Gabba
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It can go into Ashes folklore – just like Steve Harmison’s famous broad at the 2006 series debut ball that ended in a humiliating defeat.

With gray skies above and green tints underfoot, captain Joe Root has resisted the temptation to play first, a move he will regret for some time after Australia’s relentless attack wears off. wiped out tourists in two sessions.

Rory Burns has Steve Harmison moment with the first ball in the Ashes series as England have a nightmare start against Australia and collect unwanted records
Root may regret his decision to strike first
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Dawid Malan and Root followed in the first four overs, with the skipper fit for a duck sapping morale, and when Ben Stokes’ comeback was picked by skipper Pat Cummins the scoreboard read 29 for four.

Haseeb Hameed (25), Ollie Pope (35) and Jos Buttler (39) all threatened to stabilize the ship, but the Australian attack continued to produce the goods to maintain a constant flow of departures.

Rory Burns has Steve Harmison moment with the first ball in the Ashes series as England have a nightmare start against Australia and collect unwanted records
Cummins took five wickets to dismantle England
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Cummins treated the tail mercilessly, concluding things just before tea to leave England well below a competitive score.

This was England’s lowest batting score in an ash test since 1958, Burns was also the first English hitter to put out the first ball in a Brisbane test since 1936.


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