UK View: ‘Cricket equivalent of parking the bus’ – Poms hail ‘death or glory’ gamble, condemn ‘un-Australian’ tourists

Joe Root

England’s media hailed their cricket team’s aggression on an “astonishing” opening day of the Ashes series while reacting with surprise to perceived negative tactics from Pat Cummins’ Australians.

The five match battle got underway in thrilling fashion with England powering to 393-8 before a declaration caught everyone by surprise – with Joe Root batting beautifully on 118.

“A declaration, with Joe Root still at the crease? Count it as the most astonishing moment of an unforgettably fearless opening day of England’s Bazball era,” wrote Oliver Brown in the UK Telegrapgh.

“When you style yourselves as the great daredevil entertainers, you can either conjure cricket of the gods or fall flat on your face. Such is the crude binary for England, a team fast proving that they are oblivious to any middle ground between triumph and calamity.

“Theirs is an ethos founded, funda

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