Australia defeated England by 147 points on Day 1 of the 1st Ashes Test on Wednesday.© AFP
Australia got off to a breathtaking start against England on the opening day of the Ashes Test in Brisbane on Wednesday. Led by new captain Pat Cummins, who took a five-wicket haul, Australia knocked out England for 147 on the opening day of the first Test. The English batters crumbled under pressure and failed to stitch together long partnerships as Australia dominated from the first pitch, when Starc stalled Rory Burns. Jos Buttler was England’s top scorer with 39 runs, while Cummins ended the innings with 5/38.
Former India bowler Pragyan Ojha took to social media platform Koo to offer his thoughts after the opening innings.
Explaining his opinion in Hindi, Ojha wrote: “Those who say they enjoy watching the Ashes and praising the pitch is important for them to know that what makes Test cricket special is that players are treated in all circumstances. tested. If there is a challenge in SENA countries, there is another in the subcontinent. That is why this format is called Test.”
The term “SENA countries” refers to the cricket abbreviation for South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia.
Ojha supposedly responded to praise for the Gabba pitch. The former Indian bowler may have meant that while the opening day in Brisbane provided some entertaining moments and helped the pace bowlers, the conditions there should not be replicated on subcontinental pitches.
India and Sri Lanka, among others, have been criticized in the past for providing spinning tracks for Test matches. However, these particular local conditions are the reason why Test cricket remains special, as Ojha explained.
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