World Cup winners England did not have the best of the start at the Ashes as they lost to Australia, in a rather miserable fashion, after the batting-order collapsed to the might of the Australian pace-spin combo. The visitors, propelled by Steve Smith, set a tough target for England to chase on day five of the first Test and they ended up falling short by a huge margin as Australia wrapped up the game with a 251-run win over the hosts.
England's miseries were endless across the five-day contest. From the poor quality of umpiring to James Anderson walking off the field due to his calf-injury, nothing seemed to go right for the World Cup champions. The batting order failed to click and left most of the job on the tailenders. Although Chris Woakes held his nerves to help England put a decent score on the board, the innings was short-lived owing to the lack of a partner at the other end of the crease.
Iceland Cricket took a jibe at England as they took to Twitter to question if England's World Cup hangover was going last for a long time. England won the World Cup on 14 July after they beat New Zealand in the controversial finals by a boundary count rule after a tie in both at the end of 50 overs and at the Super Over.
Here's the tweet from Iceland Cricket:
Nathan Lyon's six scalps included many big scalps like England skipper Joe Root, Jason Roy, and vice-captain Ben Stokes. He finished his spell with figures of 6-49 in 20 overs in the second innings. The off-spinner's latest performance saw him go past the 350-wicket mark for Australia. The 31-year-old narrowly missed out on a hat-trick after dismissing Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad in consecutive deliveries.
Umpire Joel Wilson, who was recently promoted to the Elite panel of umpires, has had a miserable run so far in the Ashes opener as nine of his decisions has been overturned until now. The Caribbean official's string of bad decisions continued from the first innings on to the second, leaving Wilson red-faced. Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson bore the brunt of fans after giving a series of wrong decisions from the first innings. A mammoth total of 14 wrong decisions have been overturned in this match, indicating the quality of umpiring in the game.