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Root out for a duck in first Ashes Test as Hazlewood dismisses England captain

England captain Joe Root was dismissed for a duck in the first Ashes Test at The Gabba, getting caught by David Warner off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood

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England captain Joe Root was out for a duck in the first Ashes Test at The Gabba, with Josh Hazlewood getting him caught at slip.

Having won the toss, Root decided to bat first but England got off to a terrible start with Rory Burns getting bowled by the first ball of the series.

Dawid Malan soon followed, getting caught behind by debutant Alex Carey off Hazlewood for six.

His dismissal brought Root to the crease in the fourth over, with England struggling at 11-2.

During the summer, Root bailed his side out of trouble on numerous occasions, but he was unable to do so at The Gabba.

England captain Joe Root was dismissed for a duck in the first Ashes Test at The Gabba, getting caught by David Warner off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood
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Some beautiful bowling from Hazlewood did for the England captain, who was caught at slip by David Warner.

Speaking on BBC Test Match Special, former England bowler Steven Finn said: “It’s the exact scenario England wanted to avoid.

“The lengths Australia have bowled have been great. He’s tempted Root forward. England are in big trouble.”

Speaking on commentary, Australia legend Adam Gilchrist added: “It is a first day duck for the England captain. Hazlewood, relentless. Australia are pinning England to the floor.”

Returning all-rounder Ben Stokes also fell cheaply, with new Australian captain Pat Cummins getting him caught for five.

Stokes battled in his first competitive innings in four months, but Cummins produced an excellent ball to send him packing.

Cummins bowled back of a length and the ball straightened slightly, taking the edge of Stokes’ bat and getting caught by a diving Marnus Labuschagne.

“That’s a beautiful bit of bowling,” former England spinner Phil Tufnell told BBC Test Match Special.

“Angled in from round the wicket and it got big on Stokes. England are in all sort of trouble.”

TV commentator and ex-Australia spinner Kerry O’Keeffe added: “It got big on him, he couldn’t drop his hands and he was forced to play it by the angle.”




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