English cricket fans SLAM captain Joe Root as the visitors slip to 29-4 on Ashes day one – .

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English cricket fans SLAM captain Joe Root as the visitors slip to 29-4 on Ashes day one – .


England fans once again lamented their team’s better hitting order on social media, as Joe Root’s side fell to 29-4 – then 147 – on Ashes’ first day at Gabba.

Root’s men got off to the worst possible start in Brisbane on Wednesday as Rory Burns was knocked down by Mitchell Starc on the first ball of this Ashes series in Australia.

And after 69 minutes, the visitors fell to 29-4 with captain Joe Root and talisman Ben Stokes behind with Dawid Malan. Despite the best efforts of Jos Butter, Ollie Pope and Haseem Hameed, the visitors fell even further for 147.

England fans slammed Captain Joe Root’s harbor office (middle) as visitors had a horrific start to the Ashes in Brisbane

Josh Hazlewood (middle) took two wickets as England slumped to 29-4 in 69 minutes

And cricket fans on social media were left to Root Street’s decision to strike after winning the draw at Gabba, especially how green the Brisbane pitch was before the devastating first ball.

One fan tweeted: “England won the draw and chose to fall apart. “

Another posted: ‘Disastrous start for England. Australia suspects they are at bat when I wake up. Why oh why did Root choose to strike that green wicket first? ‘

Meanwhile, one fan said: “England are a better bowling team than they do at batting, so on a 50:50 pitch why are you fighting first. Surely go to your strength.

Another said: ‘England win the toss, choose to hit the Gabba green top. Too funny – what were they thinking lol ‘

Rory Burns (second from left) was knocked down by Mitchell Starc (right) in the first ball of the series

Rory Burns (second from left) was knocked down by Mitchell Starc (right) in the first ball of the series

England captain Root marched for a nine-ball duck after winning the toss and choosing to strike

England captain Root marched for a nine-ball duck after winning the toss and choosing to strike

Fans criticized Root's captain decisions as the morning session descended into chaos

Fans criticized Root’s captain decisions as the morning session descended into chaos

One supporter said: “England choosing to strike this wicket first is absolute folly #ashes”

And another fan posted: “I don’t know why England chose to strike first on this pitch and under these conditions !! It wouldn’t have made much of a difference to the overall result but at least it would have kept him respectable ffs .. Embarrassing this #TheAshes’

After Burns’ leg stump flew off on Starc’s fierce first delivery, Malan awkwardly edged out Josh Hazlewood’s delivery to wicket keeper Alex Carey in the first four overs.

Ben Stokes (middle) also edged out Marnus Labushagne (right) in the morning session

Ben Stokes (middle) also edged out Marnus Labushagne (right) in the morning session

England were three minutes later and it was a killer as captain Root edged Hazlewood’s delivery to David Warner on the slip after eight points.

Talisman Stokes has made his return to the cricket test and is showing some promising signs with some limitations, but the 30-year-old has fallen in the same way as Root, as his shot from new Australian captain Pat Cummins was edged out by Marnus Labuschagne .

Pope continued where Stokes left off with superb limits, while Hameed solidified his place as an opener by staying in the crease throughout the morning session.

But Hameed only fell a few balls in lunch, but a mini wake-up call was triggered by Pope and her new partner Jos Buttler.

Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope (right) threatened to fight back but both fell after lunch

Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope (right) threatened to fight back but both fell after lunch

Josh Hazlewood made two great catches to get rid of Pope and Chris Woakes late

Josh Hazlewood made two great catches to get rid of Pope and Chris Woakes late

Pope and Buttler pulled off a 50-point partnership with Rapid Fire Limits, but the latter then fell immediately upon completing the feat.

Chris Woakes threatened after that, but Pope fell victim to Josh Hazlewood’s stun to give Cameron Green a first wicket try.

Mark Wood then gathered just eight points before falling to Cummins, who claimed a five for his debut as Australia’s test captain when Hazlewood produced another stunning catch to end attempts at England strikes after just 50 overs.

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