Cook was among the England players who suffered a 381-run hiding at the Gabba in 2013/14. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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England's Ashes debutants face a baptism of fire in Thursday's opening test at the Gabba, where four years ago the tourists' batsmen crumbled under an Australian short-pitched bowling assault.Only Root, former skipper Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and James Anderson remain from the England team that suffered a 381-run hiding at the Gabba in 2013/14, when a marauding Mitchell Johnson took nine wickets and set the series' tone.In 2006/07, England fast bowler Steve Harmison famously sent the first delivery of the series to his captain Andrew Flintoff at second slip. England lost the match and the series 5-0 .Another England quick, Simon Jones, also had a first day to forget at the Gabba when he ruptured knee ligaments sliding to retrieve a ball in the outfield in the 2002/03 series.
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