Australia started the high profile Ashes series with a bang. The hosts rattled the English visitors and bowled them out for a mere 147 in a session and a half. The fearsome trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood rattled the England batting, leaving them shellshocked. Australia got off to a perfect start with Mitchell Starc dismissing Rory Burns on the first ball of the match. Soon after, Hazlewood joined the party and dismissed Dawid Malan and Joe Root.
Skipper Pat Cummins opened his account with the wicket of Haseeb Hameed. England went into Lunch at 59-4. Things got worse after Lunch as Pat Cummins ran through the England batting order, with little resistance from Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope.
Cummins ended with a five-wicket haul in the match. Meanwhile, he also shattered several records in his maiden Test as skipper.
He became the first Australian to take a five-wicket haul in his maiden Test as captain since George Giffen in 1895. He also became the first Australian captain to take a five-wicket haul since 2012. Michael Clark was the last skipper to take a five-wicket haul in a Test. Cummins is also the first skipper to take a five-wicket haul in Ashes since Australian skipper Bob Willis in 1984. He is also the first Australian to take a five-wicket haul in the first innings as captain. Overall, he’s the 11th to get the feat. Cummins is also the 10th bowler to take a five-wicket haul in Ashes as captain, the fifth Australian in the list.