The Ashes 2023 season kicked off on Friday (June 16) at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium. The fans were very excited for the first match of the series. After losing the toss, Australia had to bowl first. But the team was seen to be in good shape after the first season. However, the start of the Ashes 2023 against Australia was rather disappointing.
This Ashes series between England and Australia is watched not only in these two countries, but around the world. The players of both the teams have been preparing for this series for a whole year. Last year in the same Ashes series, fast bowler Mitchell Starc () took the wicket of Australia on the first ball. However, this time captain Pat Cummins () came in to bowl the first over for Australia and spent four runs off the first ball. England captain Ben Stokes was also shocked after seeing this boundary. This video of Stokes is currently going viral on social media.
Wicket in the first ball of Ashes 2021-22 to four in the first ball of Ashes 2023.
The Journey of England Test cricket.pic.twitter.com/MprQcmufnz
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 16, 2023
England’s Rory Burns () was taken by Mitchell Starc on the first ball of the Ashes 2022. Burns, who came in to play the first ball, was not given a single ball by Starc to set the pitch. Starc hit his triple on the very first ball. However, since Starc was not in the playing eleven this time, the first over was bowled by the captain Pat Cummins himself. Zac Crawley and Ben Duckett opened the innings for England. Crawley was on strike with the first ball and he hit a deep cover drive to Cummins on the first ball. This shot did not hit the hand of any Australian player. Meanwhile, the first ball of last year and the first ball of this year have been discussed a lot on social media.
The very first ball of 2021/22 Ashes 🔥🤤
You can’t just bowled a left handed batter by pitching outside leg while bowling over the wicket, unless you’re Mitchell Starc… #Ashes #AUSvENG pic.twitter.com/YtPmIKiaTw
— Muhammad Asfand Yar Khan (@asfand895) December 9, 2021
Meanwhile, although England got four runs off the first ball, it seems that the Australian bowlers are in control of the match. England have lost their five wickets for 176 runs. Overall, the visiting team dominated the first day. (Last year a wicket on the first ball, this year a four! Stokes shock on the first day of the Ashes 2023)
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