Gallery: Australia fight back on opening day of first Ashes Test

Sport360 staff 23/11/2017

James Vince blunted the much-hyped Australia attack but fell foul of England's new number one enemy Nathan Lyon just when he was all set to tame the Gabba on day one of the Ashes.

Vince (83) responded to the departure of lynchpin opener Alastair Cook in just the third over of the series by sharing a century stand with Mark Stoneman which belied inevitable nerves on this huge stage, as the tourists closed day one on 196 for four.

Vince was dropped by wicketkeeper Tim Paine on 68 pushing forward to Lyon but appeared on course for a maiden Test century, only for the off-spinner to snatch it away with a brilliant direct-hit to run him out attempting a faulty single to cover.

It was a moment which reinvigorated Australia and their hostile home support as Joe Root then also fell lbw to Pat Cummins' old-ball swing and pace.

Take a look at the gallery above for all the key moments from the first day's play.

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James Vince shines on opening day of first Ashes Test as England post 196-4

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James Vince plays a shot on the offside.

James Vince blunted the much-hyped Australia attack but fell foul of England’s new number one enemy Nathan Lyon just when he was all set to tame the Gabba on day one of the Ashes.

Vince (83) responded to the departure of lynchpin opener Alastair Cook in just the third over of the series by sharing a century stand with Mark Stoneman which belied inevitable nerves on this huge stage, as the tourists closed day one on 196 for four.

Vince was dropped by wicketkeeper Tim Paine on 68 pushing forward to Lyon but appeared on course for a maiden Test century, only for the off-spinner to snatch it away with a brilliant direct-hit to run him out attempting a faulty single to cover.

It was a moment which reinvigorated Australia and their hostile home support as Joe Root then also fell lbw to Pat Cummins’ old-ball swing and pace.

VINCE VINDICATION

It was a bit of a head-scratcher when national selector James Whitaker proclaimed Vince as a batsman with the technique specifically suited to succeed in Australia. A series of edged drives in home conditions did not square with his thesis.

Here, though, with less pace and bounce than anticipated at the Gabba to discomfort England’s new number three, a lack of sideways movement off the pitch helped him prosper through the off-side.

SHOT OF THE DAY

Stoneman’s on-drive for four off Cummins, the fourth ball he faced after lunch, was especially convincing and emblematic of England’s largely unflustered approach despite the early loss of Cook.

Scored a half-century: Mark Stoneman

Scored a half-century: Mark Stoneman

NO, JAMES!

No one could blame Joe Root for saying nothing of the sort before the event – it was Vince’s call to cover. But the England captain could be forgiven for uttering exactly that after his partner had contrived to run himself out and let a maiden Test century go begging, with significant help from Lyon’s brilliant throw.

He and England can only hope he still has power to add for the rest of the series.

STAT OF THE DAY

42 – Vince’s previous joint-highest Test score, in 11 previous innings. He was not everyone’s obvious choice for this tour, but immediately demonstrated rich capabilities on this grand stage – before passing up his golden opportunity.

TWEET OF THE DAY

“THE GOAT! RUN OUT! That’s huge! Vince gone for 83. England 3-145” – cricket Australia’s official feed had no doubt about the importance of Lyon’s intervention from cover.

WHAT NEXT?

England need to resume their good work on day two, and make sure they do not squander their foothold in this series.

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The time for ‘trash-talk’ is over as cricket takes centre-stage at Brisbane. The Ashes battle resumes on Thursday as visitors England look to regain the all-important trophy, in Australia.

Our writers predict what they think would be the outcome of the highly-anticipated five-Test series.

Can England retain the urn?

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PREDICTIONS

James Piercy

We’ll soon find out whether the pre-series narrative of a rabid Aussie attack devouring England is true but both ideas seem built on hypotheticals.

The hosts’ quicks are injury prone and only Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are proven Test commodities. Providing Joe Root, Alastair Cook, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali deliver, the batting is there for England.

Unless they can find that third bowler, though, taking 20 wickets a match will be tough.

VERDICT: Australia to win 3-1.

Posing for the camera: Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith (c) and Usman Khawaja (r).

Posing for the camera: Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith (c) and Usman Khawaja (r).

Chris Bailey

Australia are great at talking themselves up but look beyond the bravado and you won’t find a heap of reasons why they should be so confident.

England are facing a mighty task – it’s hard enough to win an away series against anyone – but these teams are closely matched.

If you’ve been swept up by the love-in for Australia’s pace trio then consider that they have yet to play a Test together, while Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad have almost 900 wickets between them. Expect a tight series.

VERDICT: A 2-2 draw

Who's your money on: Steve Smith or Joe Root.

Who’s your money on: Steve Smith or Joe Root.

Alex Broun

Looking at the two line-ups it’s very hard to see anything but an Australian victory at home.

The hosts have three gun, form bats – Steve Smith, David Warner and Usman Khawaja – all who love Australian conditions and a scorching pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, who love to rip in on fast bouncy pitches and, more importantly, are fully fit.

In reply the tourists have a brittle batting order and an aging ‘pace’ attack. Who cares who’s keeping wickets? Aussies by a mile.

VERDICT: Australia 4-1

Key man: Mitchell Starc

Key man: Mitchell Starc

Stuart Appleby

You shouldn’t need motivation for an Ashes campaign, but thanks to Nathan Lyon England have been given a pre-series boost.

Joe Root will be pinning the press clippings of the spinner’s comments onto the Gabba dressing room wall and using them to spur the team. I expect Root to learn from his disappointing last stint Down Under and lead his team to a series win.

It won’t be easy but England have more collective experience than one of the most mediocre Australian Test sides in recent history.

VERDICT: England to win 2-1

Will they be celebrating after the series: England

Will they be celebrating after the series: England

Ajit Vijaykumar

As was the case during the last Ashes Down Under, England will be up against an unforgiving pace attack.

In a five Test series, the team that has the more potent bowling attack usually calls the shots and while James Anderson and Stuart Broad are top class, Australia have an edge with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Both teams will be depending on a handful of batsmen so it’s the bowling that will make the difference.

VERDICT: Australia to win 3-1

All set: David Warner

All set for the challenge: David Warner

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