TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Burns sets record for most Test ducks in a year

TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Rory Burns sets an unwanted record for most Test ducks in a calendar year – and Joe Root becomes the 19th England player to fail to score a run in 2021

  • England were bowled all out for 147 on day one of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane
  • Rory Burns, Joe Root and Ollie Robinson were all dismissed for ducks on day one
  • Burns has set to the record for most Test ducks in a single calendar year with six 
  • Root and Robinson’s ducks were England’s 45th and 46th this calendar year 

Rory Burns’s sixth duck of 2021 was a Test record for a calendar year, taking him one clear of Indian opener Pankaj Roy (1952), and former England captain Mike Atherton (1998).

Only one player before Burns had fallen to the first ball of an Ashes series. Derbyshire’s Stan Worthington was caught behind by Bert Oldfield off Ernie McCormick, also at the Gabba, in 1936-37.

Joe Root became the 19th England player to make a duck this year, before Ollie Robinson took the team’s total to 46. Their record is 54 in 1998.

Rory Burns’s sixth duck of 2021 in England’s first Ashes Test was a record for a calendar year 

Burns fell in the opening ball in Brisbane – only one player has fallen on the first Ashes ball

Josh Hazlewood has now dismissed Root eight times in Tests, more than any other bowler. Joint-second on seven are two team-mates: Australia’s new captain Pat Cummins and off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Cummins’s sixth Test five-for was his first against England. In all, he has 169 wickets at an outstanding 21 apiece.

England have not won at the Gabba since Ian Botham made a first-innings century in 1986-87. Since then, they have lost six out of eight, with one of their two draws reliant on a final-afternoon thunderstorm in 1998-99.

England captain Joe Root (above) became the 19th England player to make a duck this year




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