Things we've learned from England's mauling at the Gabba

A miserable first Ashes Test for England is finally over. Let's pick apart some of the things we've learned from Brisbane.

England slide from 220 for two overnight to 297 all out, leaving Australia with just 19 runs to claim a nine-wicket defeat in the first Ashes Test. We were surprised the Aussies openers didn't come out with one pad on to notch the remaining runs.

England cut down at The Gabbatoir

The Gabba is not a happy hunting ground for England, they probably shouldn't have even bothered with this record.

Still this defeat was slightly better than the Test in 2017.

England at The Gabba since '86

  • 1990: Lost by 10 wkts
  • 1994: Lost by 184 runs
  • 1998: Draw
  • 2002: Lost by 384 runs
  • 2006: Lost by 277 runs
  • 2010: Draw
  • 2013: Lost by 381 runs
  • 2017: Lost by 10 wkts
  • 2021: Lost by 9 wkts

England ratings

Ollie Robinson was England's standout.
Ollie Robinson was England's standout.

R Burns 1/10; H Hameed 4; D Malan 7; J Root 6; B Stokes 3; O Pope 4; J Buttler 5; C Woakes 5; O Robinson 7.5; M Wood 6; J Leach 2.

If you are looking for Broad and Anderson, they weren't picked!

The wait goes on for Joe Root

After being dismissed for 89, Joe Root is still waiting for his first Ashes century Down Under. Getting started is no problem, but the England captain will be kicking himself for failing to convert one into a three-figure score.

Signed, concealed and delivered

The 'Brisbane Barmies' did not get too much to cheer on the field during the past four days and took it on themselves to make some fun of their own.

Josh Hazlewood was game enough to sign an autograph on the boundary edge, not realising the small print contained a cheeky reference to Australia's ball-tampering scandal from 2018.

Alex Carey's catching

Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey,
Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey,

After being rushed into the team following the sexting scandal which took down Tim Paine, Alex Carey took eight catches on debut – the most of any wicketkeeper on their first appearance.

England to pay the price for go slow?

As if losing the opening match of the series by such a large margin is not bad enough, England could find themselves leaving Brisbane with even less than nothing.

Former ICC elite umpire Simon Taufel suggested during a segment on Channel 7 that the match referee could level a World Test Championship points deduction against England for their slow over-rate.

In an elongated second day, Root's side were only able to send down 84 from a scheduled 98.