Left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc took out Rory Burns’ leg stump with a swinging yorker on the first delivery of the Ashes series

England captain Joe Root won the toss, opted to bat and lost opening batter Rory Burns on the very first delivery of the Ashes series, a late swinging yorker from Australia paceman Mitchell Starc.

For the first time since 1936, a wicket fell on the first ball of the Ashes series Down Under. England lost a wicket first ball at the Gabba in ’36 and slumped to 20-3, but recovered to win that match.

For the first time since 1936, a wicket fell on the first ball of the Ashes series Down Under. England lost a wicket first ball at the Gabba in ’36 and slumped to 20-3, but recovered to win that match.

England hasn’t won a test match in Australia since winning the Ashes here in 2010-11, and hasn’t won a test at the Gabba since 1986. After the opening session, it’ll be an uphill struggle to reverse that sequence.

The England top order struggled to cope with the extra bounce and carry which are characteristics of the Gabba pitch, and Australia’s pace trio bowled an excellent line and length in the conditions.

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