James Vince justified his selection before Nathan Lyon ran him out with a magnificent piece of fielding as Australia fought back to leave England 196-4 at stumps on the first day of the Ashes series at the Gabba.
We summarise a gripping day in Brisbane, which ended with mixed feelings for both sides.
- Vince (83) scored a first Test half-century and fellow Ashes debutant Mark Stoneman (53) also showed why the selectors backed him after Joe Root won the toss, the pair putting on 125 for the second wicket.
- Pat Cummins (2-59) dismissed Stoneman and Joe Root (15) in his first Test on home soil after Mitchell Starc removed Alastair Cook (2) in the third over of the day.
- Dawid Malan was 28 not out when bad light stopped play and survived a review for leg before off the last ball of a day in which the afternoon session was delayed by over 90 minutes due to rain. Moeen Ali unbeaten on 13.
- Australia hand a Test debut to Cameron Bancroft, while David Warner and Shaun Marsh are passed fit.
MOMENT OF THE DAY
Lyon had plenty to say in the build-up to the opening game of the series and the spinner did his talking with a magnificent piece of fielding to prevent Vince from reaching three figures.
Vince's selection in the England squad raised eyebrows, but he showed his class with some exquisite shots and had a stroke of luck when he was dropped on 68 by Tim Paine.
Lyon ensured he missed out on a hundred, though, moving swiftly to his right at cover before swooping and running the number three out with a direct hit in a flash, a moment of inspiration that put a spring in Australia's step.
Australia tweaker Lyon told BT Sport: "That's probably the softest Test wicket we've played on here, so it's a good challenge. Stoneman and Vince batted extremely well, so I'm pretty happy about that fightback that's for sure."
Stoneman told Test Match Special: "Speaking to the groundsman here, the feedback was there was no turn at all. So, it was encouraging for Lyon to get some quite prodigious turn at times It's a bit to do with the moisture in the pitch and once it dries out it'll be interesting to see how the ball reacts when Lyon comes back on tomorrow."
LOOK OUT FOR…
Starc thought he had struck with the third delivery with the new ball, but Malan breathed a sigh of relief after Steve Smith unsuccessfully reviewed. The Australia quicks will be looking to do early damage with the new ball on day two and Lyon will be itching for an early bowl after generating plenty of spin on day one.
|BREAKING NEWS: Premier League to implement VAR from 2019-20 season|
|FSF urges Premier League clubs to reject Scudamore ´golden handshake´ request|
|Rhinos pull off Merrin coup|
|Ribery apologises for reporter altercation|
|Ford to captain much-changed England, Cokanasiga starts|
|Crotty replaces injured Williams for Ireland showdown|
|Classy Roshen gives Sri Lanka unlikely lead|
|Injured Lukaku out of Belgium-Iceland Nations League clash|
|Rooney ´passionate´ about future coaching career|
|Mehidy spins Tigers to victory despite second Taylor hundred|
|Rooney deserves special England day - Antonio|
|LeBron thinks back to his roots after latest milestone|
|Messi to return for Argentina next year - General manager Burruchaga|
|Walton salutes LeBron after he surpasses Chamberlain|
|Croatia´s Dalic and Modric not out for Spain revenge|
|Rondo to miss ´a few weeks´ with broken hand|
|Gabi, Juanfran hopeful over Oblak´s Atletico future|
|England rookie Wilson not comparing himself to Kane|
|WATCH: The baskets that moved LeBron James up the all-time NBA scoring list|
|LeBron moves into fifth on scoring list, 76ers fall in Butler´s debut|
|LeBron James into top five NBA scorers: Five quotes from league legends on his greatness|
|LeBron passes Chamberlain for fifth on all-time scoring list|
|Butler: 76ers need time to gel|
|South Africa lose 28-9 in Windies defeat|
|Delph impressed by ´special´ Sancho|
|Bolt may give up on football career despite ´a lot of offers´|
|We´re better than Dortmund – Wagner urges Bayern to respond|
|Raptors fans give former coach Casey standing ovation in return|
|Martinez hails Hazard leadership|
|Muller going through ´difficult´ period, says Low|
|Betances wants Yankees to sign Machado|
|Rays´ Snell, Mets´ deGrom win Cy Young Awards|
|Dinwiddie to debut Stan Lee-inspired shoes against Heat|
|Iberostar Tenerife and Segafredo Virtus Bologna stay perfect in BCL|
|Rooney wanted to finish career at Manchester United|
|Red Sox give manager Cora contract extension through at least 2021|
|WATCH: Ronnie O´Sullivan hits blue with calamitous break-off shot|
|Matuidi: Mbappe has a great personality, like Ronaldo, Messi and Zlatan|
|Cilic beats Isner to hand Djokovic semi-final spot|
|Mendy undergoes knee surgery|
|Warriors´ Curry will not play during three-game road trip|
|Ramos refuses to retaliate after Lovren jibe|
|Qatar pull off shock win over Switzerland|
|Tuilagi could make England return against Australia|
|Rooney has earned England reward - Sarachan|
|Croatia thrashing means nothing now – Luis Enrique|
|Chelsea and Everton among Arnautovic suitors, claims agent|
|TJ Watt hopes to win NFL sacks race with brother JJ|
|Modric defends Ramos after Lovren comments|
|Southgate hails ´outstanding´ Delph as he talks up England strength in depth|
|No war with Manchester United over Fellaini, insists Martinez|
|Rooney to wear number 10 shirt against USA and receive armband from Delph|
|I don´t feel pressure of Liverpool expectations, claims Klopp|
|Steelers´ Roethlisberger texted Bell but ´didn’t hear back´|
|Reus and Kroos to sit out Germany´s clash with Russia|
|Van Dijk happy to recommend De Ligt if Liverpool ask|
|Sauber announce launch of junior programme|
|No ´breathtaking tennis´ in Djokovic´s win against Zverev|
|Curran: England spinners will be key in Kandy|
|Djokovic charges past Zverev to move closer to ATP Finals progression|
|Messi is a football alien - Malcom|
|Sky´s the limit for Sancho, says Dortmund team-mate Pulisic|
|Radwanska retires from tennis at 29|
|Maybe one day - Pulisic open to Premier League move|
|Suso ´proud´ of Real Madrid speculation but happy at AC Milan|
|Betis president convinced Lo Celso will stay|
|Injured Holder out of Bangladesh tour|
|Germany face relegation, final spots up for grabs - Nations League state of play|
|James Rodriguez out for several weeks with knee injury|
|Curran´s brilliant fifty rescues England´s innings|