England endured a horror start to the first Ashes Test on day one and former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes it could set the tone for the rest of the series
England were bowled out for just 147 after winning the toss and deciding to bat first, with Rory Burns getting bowled by Mitchell Starc with the first ball of the match.
That set the tone for the remainder of the innings, with no batter scoring more than 39 and England captain Joe Root falling for a nine-ball duck.
Speaking on The Big Sports Breakfast, Clarke questioned whether England would be able to recover from their poor start and criticised their decision to leave out James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
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“I’m not sure how England come back from that,” he said. “I know that is a massive statement, there are five Test matches, there is a lot of cricket to be played.
“You always say don’t judge a wicket until both teams bat on it and that’s probably the only thing I can think of in their defence.
“I don’t get how they haven’t picked Broad or Anderson, for the first Test match of the series at The Gabba and on a wicket that looks like it’s got a bit in it.”
Australia captain Pat Cummins, who picked up 5-38 on day one, also admitted he was surprised at the absence of Anderson and Broad.
“I thought at least one of them would play in every game, if not both of them,” he said. “We were surprised but they’ve got plenty of other bowlers to step in and pose us a challenge.”
Australia quick Mitchell Starc also questioned the pair’s omission, saying: “To take, what, 300 Test matches and over 1,000 wickets out of their side is pretty interesting.
“I’m glad I don’t have to tap those two on the shoulder and say they’re not playing.”