MELBOURNE, Reuters) – Australia’s stunning dismissal for 60 runs on day one of the fourth Ashes test prompted incredulous headlines in local newspapers last night along with calls for the citizenship to be stripped from the entire team.
“What a disgrace,” was a front-page headline on Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, above a picture of embattled Australia captain Michael Clarke.
“We’ll let you choose the headline: Embarrassed, Demolished, Humiliated,” the tabloid offered on its back page.
After losing the toss, Australia were bowled out in a record 18.3 overs at Trent Bridge, with England paceman Stuart Broad taking an astonishing personal best haul of 8-15.
England’s batsmen marched to 274-4 at stumps, putting the home side within reach of sealing the five-test series 3-1.
The brevity of Australia’s innings prompted derision on social media, with Antony Green, an election analyst with state broadcaster ABC, noting the entire ball-by-ball summary could fit in the 140-character limit of a tweet on Twitter.
The Australian newspaper described the Nottingham nightmare as a “Trent Bridge Horror Show”.