Once Joe Root had gone, the fight went out of England and Australia stormed to Ashes victory at the Gabba
It was just after tea on Sunday that England finally broke. The 12th session of this first Ashes Test.
Moeen Ali, on the same track that had terrified under the command of Nathan Lyon, was being carefully milked. Chris Woakes, the first-change quick, trundled them down at medium pace compared to Pat Cummins.
There was no fun to be seen in Joe Root’s funky field placings; little of the bounce England’s captain hoped he would get from players unscarred by previous Ashes tours.
As England staggered towards their sixth straight Test defeat in Australia, a grim reality was beginning to dawn.... read more
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