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‘Batting like England’: The sliding doors moment exposed in shock Aussie collapse

It was five weeks ago Joe Root walked out to the middle of the Gabba, won the toss and elected to bat.

For an English captain, the pitch and overhead conditions screamed “bowl first”.

Instead, Root went against logic and, well, the rest is history as they say, with England shell-shocked from the outset as Rory Burns was dismissed first ball and the tourists were rock and rolled for 147.

The nine-wicket first Test thrashing set the tone for England’s horror series and opened some fresh wounds for a batting line-up with questions hanging all over their heads.

Four Tests later, with England 3-0 down, Root won another toss and this time had no hesitation in sending Australia in to bat.

“It’s not been straight-forward, normally you come here and it’s quite obvious what to do,” Root told Fox Cricket’s Adam Gilchrist. 

“But I think throughout this whole series it’s been quite challenging to work out exactly what to do, but with the overhead conditions, a slightly tacky nature to the wicket and that live grass it’s a nice opportunity to bowl first.”

So nice Australia slumped to 3-12, with openers David Warner (0) and Usman Khawaja (6) as well as Steve Smith (0) all back in the sheds.

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‘Batting like England’: The sliding doors moment exposed in shock Aussie collapse
Joe Root sent Pat Cummins’ Australia in to bat in Hobart. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

Had Zak Crawley held on at second slip Marnus Labuschagne would have been back in the sheds too.

It left everyone with a feeling of what could have been, had England sent Australia in and exposed some of their own frailties with the bat following India’s 2-1 series victory last summer.

“Well they won the toss, but they made the right call unlike at the Gabba,” Mark Waugh said in commentary for Fox Cricket. 

“These are traditional English bowling conditions, the pitch is not overly quick, there’s seam, there’s not a lot of bounce, the overhead conditions; everything’s there to say you’re playing in England.”

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Social media naturally lit up, with the watching public and media fascinated by what they were witnessing.

Warner’s 22-ball duck was the slowest by an Australian, while it was his first on home soil against England.

It was also the first time Warner and Smith have both been dismissed for a duck in the same innings.

Remarkably, Australia’s early collapse was an improvement on their disaster from five years ago in Hobart.

Australia slumped to 4-8 and 5-17 before being bowled out for 85 in their heavy innings defeat to South Africa.

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