'Hand the Ashes to Australia now': Fans slam ANOTHER England collapse

‘Hand the Ashes to Australia now’: Fans slam yet ANOTHER collapse from England as Joe Root’s men lose eight wickets for only 74 runs in nine-wicket defeat in opening Test in Brisbane

  • England began day four just 58 runs behind Australia with Joe Root at the crease 
  • But he and Dawid Malan departed within the hour, sparking a batting collapse 
  • England also lost the likes of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler before lunch on day four 
  • Australia chased down 20 runs, leaving England fans fuming on social media 

England fans have taken to social media to slam another batting collapse from their side as they succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat in the opening Ashes Test.

The visitors began day four in Brisbane with Dawid Malan and captain Joe Root approaching their centuries and the team well placed at 220 for two, trailing the hosts by just 58 runs.

But England’s No 3 became Nathan Lyon’s 400th Test wicket and the skipper also departed within the first hour, sparking a collapse that saw them lose their final eight wickets for just 74 runs before lunch.

England fans slammed Joe Root’s men following another batting collapse on day four of the opening Ashes Test

Jos Buttler was one of eight wickets England lost before lunch for just 74 runs at the Gabba

All-rounder Chris Woakes was the final wicket to fall as England were dismissed for 297, leaving Australia needing just 20 runs to win the first Test, which they knocked off within six overs.

And supporters were left raging with the batting performance from Joe Root and his men, with one writing: That’s a classic England collapse. Hand the Ashes to Australia now.’

Meanwhile, another added: ‘An England batting collapse eh? Quelle surprise…’, while another found it all too much, adding: ‘This England batting collapse happens far too much, it’s painfully frustrating to watch.’

Ben Stokes was also one of the scalps Australia claimed in an underwhelming opening session for the visitors

Australia were set a target of just 20 to win the opening Test when Cameron Green dismissed Chris Woakes

Another user went along similar lines, posting: ‘This is some collapse, even by England’s standards,’ while BBC commentator Alison Mitchell tweeted: ‘The collective batting woes all too much of a familiar story.’

Other fans did not stay up during the night to watch the batting collapse but were not surprised to see what had happened, with one adding: ‘Waking up to the headline ‘England collapse* isn’t what I expected yet I’m not surprised.’

It later emerged that England have been bowled out for less than 200 on 10 occasions in 22 completed innings this calendar year.

And England skipper Root lamented his side’s inability to capitalise on the fightback he led with Malan on day three by failing to get through the second new ball which Australia took shortly after Ollie Pope was dismissed by Lyon. 

Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood and Woakes were the other scalps claimed by the Australians in England’s second innings. 

‘We worked really hard to get ourselves back in the game last night and we knew how important it was to try and get through to the new ball unscathed,’ Root said.

‘If we carried that partnership forward we could have given ourselves an opportunity. You saw how the pitch was playing, there was sideways movement and the cracks were appearing. 

‘It’s a shame we couldn’t get through that initial period.’

England will now look to bounce back in the second Test match – a day/night match in Adelaide –  which begins on Thursday.

Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne saw Australia home to a nine-wicket victory

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