Former England captain Alastair Cook has called on Joe Root’s team to come up with an aggressive show against Australia after a horrific start to the first Ashes Test.
Pat Cummins scored 5-38 to bowl England out for just 147 before the rain stopped in Brisbane.
After a disappointing performance, Root made the controversial decision to bat first – a move that now appears to be wrong.
But former England captain Cook now feels that the best way to limit the damage is to go on the attack.
Speaking on BT Sport he said: “Joe Root talks about the England character, he has to show it now.
“They have to come out swinging.
“He’s got a history of fighting back against Australia.
“The coaches now have to earn their money, saying the right things at the right time, making sure it is not doom and gloom.
“They have to go around tonight to make sure the likes of Rory Burns can regroup and come back to bat in the second innings.”
Cummins, the star of the show, has put Australia in a commanding position on day two as they look to consolidate their advantage.
Estimating the first day’s play, he said, “At the moment everything has gone according to plan.
“I am really proud of those guys for the way they bowled. Very good start. We are very happy to have got England out for 147.
I have bowled better before but taking wickets was good.
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And it was not the only Aussies who were making fun of England’s batting performance.
Queensland Police also swung into action as they ripped off Root’s side Twitter,
He posted: “Queensland Police are launching an investigation into a group impersonating the Test batting order at the Gabba.”