Shane Warne is epically trolled after his calls for Australia to drop veteran spearhead Mitchell Starc backfires spectacularly as the fast bowler strikes with the FIRST ball of the Ashes 

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  • Cricket fans mocked Warne after calling for Starc to be recalled
  • The veteran pacer immediately proved his mettle with the first ball of the series
  • Rory Burns’ wicket off Starc gave Australia a great start
  • Fan said it was ‘beautiful’ for Warne to watch from the commentary box

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Shane Warne has been ridiculed by Australian cricket fans after the veteran bowler called off Mitchell Starc, who claimed the wicket on the first ball of the Ashes.

Warne is a strong critic of Starc and argued that he should have been dropped in favor of in-form pacer Jhye Richardson for the first Test at the Gabba.

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The 31-year-old, however, immediately proved his mettle in Brisbane by knocking on the leg-stump of England opener Rory Burns to open the series.

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Mitchell Starc celebrates after dismissing England opener Rory Burns on the first ball of the Ashes

Warne was quick to claim in the Fox Sports commentary box that his criticism had fired Stark for a sensational start.

The spin-bowling legend then questioned why the 31-year-old would bowl a half-volley off the first ball of the series.

One fan said on Twitter, ‘Shane Warne’ If I say Mitchell Starc is right and see how it excites him, the dynamic is exactly the same as that of Michael Vaughan-Stuart Broad.

Another said, ‘Shane Warne criticized Starc for bowling a half-volley after taking a wicket in the first ball of the Ashes.

One fan said, “There is something really beautiful about Starc taking a wicket in the first ball of the Ashes in Shane Warne’s commentary box.

Others claimed it was unfair for Warne to question the delivery, with one calling the ball a ‘full length outswinger – not a half volley’ to Burns.

England made an incredible start after winning the toss and electing to bat, leaving veteran pacer Stuart Broad out.

Warne watched from the commentary box as Starc claimed the wicket of Rory Burns off the first ball of the series.  Spin-bowling legends featured in 2019

Warne watched from the commentary box as Starc claimed the wicket of Rory Burns off the first ball of the series. Spin-bowling legends featured in 2019

Australian cricket fans have made fun of Shane Warne after he was asked to take back Mitchell Starc in a spectacular way.

Australian cricket fans have made fun of Shane Warne after he was asked to take back Mitchell Starc in a spectacular way.

Australia named their playing XI on Sunday with Travis Head returning to No 5 after being axed during last summer’s series against India before Usman Khawaja and wicketkeeper Alex Carey replaced Penn.

Before the match, Carey was presented with a baggy green cap by former Test player Adam Gilchrist.

‘Be assured that you deserve it, there’s no way these are taken lightly. It has been an adventurous journey,’ Gilchrist told the South Australian, who began his professional playing career as an aspiring AFL footballer for the GWS Giants.

‘You walked away from one journey, and boldly resumed another dream.

Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of England's Rory Burns in the first ball of the Ashes in Brisbane on Wednesday

Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of England’s Rory Burns in the first ball of the Ashes in Brisbane on Wednesday

Starc clean bowled Rory Burns on the first ball as the Australian pacer hit back at critics who said he should have been dropped in favor of in-form Jhye Richardson.

Starc clean bowled Rory Burns on the first ball as the Australian pacer hit back at critics who said he should have been dropped in favor of in-form Jhye Richardson.

‘And here you are today fulfilling that dream. absolutely brilliant.’

It is cloudy and humid, but for now the rain is forecast to stay away, ensuring that the game starts at 10 am.

England will wear a black band for the first day’s play in memory of former England women’s cricketer Eileen Ashe, who died earlier this week at the age of 110.

She was the oldest Test cricketer in the world, having made her debut in 1937.

England are looking for their first Test win at the Gabba since 1986, while Australia’s last defeat in the opening match of a series was against West Indies in 1988.

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