England 196-4 (Vince 83) v Australia
First Test, The Ashes, Brisbane
Mark Stoneman and James Vince scored fifties in their maiden Ashes outing but late wickets allowed Australia to make a comeback as they restricted England to 196 for four at stumps on day one of the first Test in Brisbane.
With both the XI were more or less revealed, it was England, who won the toss and opted to bat first. Mitchell Starc (1-45) exploited Alastair Cook's (2) with a full delivery outside off that drew the former England captain forward as he edged to the first slip.
Australia were desperate to capitalise on the early breakthrough with Stoneman (53) and Vince (83) were at the crease but the duo played out the new ball attack of Australia and with the odd boundaries coming, they ended the first hour of play with a score of 39 for one.
Nathan Lyon (0-40) bowled one of the best wicketless spell in the history of Ashes and with the runs hard to come by, England managed just 59 runs in the 29 overs of play possible before lunch.
The start of the second session was delayed by close to 80 minutes due to rain and even though Lyon managed to keep things quiet, Vince went on to reach his maiden Test fifty as things looked promising for England.
The first 11 overs of the second session yielded 36 runs and soon the duo brought the 100-run stand for the second wicket. Stoneman, who looked England's best batsman in the warm-up games along with Dawid Malan reached his fifty in the 51st over and Vince was handed a reprieve by Tim Paine in the 52nd.
However, in the run of play, Pat Cummins (2-59) produced a beauty to castle Stoneman, ending his 125 run stand for the second wicket and England went into tea adding 66 runs in the second session.
Vince started the final session with a couple of boundaries off Starc but just when a century was there for the taking, a direct hit from Lyon ended his 170-ball valiant knock. Australia seized on to the opportunity and with pace bowlers unleashed on either side, Joe Root (15) was trapped LBW by Cummins, with the bowler convincing Steven Smith to use a review.
There was a nervous moment when Malan (28 not out) survived a review for LBW in the 81st over following which the umpires decided to end the day's play due to bad light with England positioned at 196 for four.
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