Australia's Mitchell Starc bowls during play on the fifth day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on September 8, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Mitchell Starc opened the Ashes in fine fashion, getting rid of English opening batsman Rory Burns with the first ball of the series.

In doing so, Starc became just the fourth bowler in history - and the first since 1936 - to take a wicket with the first ball of an Ashes Test match.

A swinging yorker which bowled Burns around his legs, the leg stump was taken out of the ground in a stunning start for the Australians.

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In an even rarer feat, Starc's wicket was just the second time the opening ball of an Ashes series has seen a wicket ball.

The previous occasion was for Ernie McCormick, also in Brisbane.

Burns made a century in the first Test of the previous Ashes series in Birmingham, however, his wicket paved the way for a top-order collapse in the opening Test at the Gabba on a pitch which seemingly had plenty in it for the bowlers.

England are off to a horrific start in the Ashes, being 3 for 13 in the eighth over at the time of writing, with Joe Root and Dawid Malan joining Burns back in the pavillion.