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Cricket | England tour of Australia 2017/18

Nathan Lyon © Reuters

Lyon roars with run-out to slow England



England's James Vince was spectacularly run out with a century beckoning on his Ashes debut as Australia hit back to leave the first test finely balanced after day one at the Gabba ground in Brisbane on Thursday.

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Captain Joe Root and Alastair Cook both fell cheaply before the tourists reached 196 for four when bad light ended an attritional, rain-affected day.

Vince top-scored as the tourists scored slowly, but Australia loosened their hard-earned advantage when they dismissed him along with the key wicket of Root late on.

Vince, on 83, scampered for a quick single off Josh Hazlewood but a brilliant off-balance throw from Nathan Lyon prowling in the covers caught him well out of his ground.

It was a moment of triumph for the spinner, who is normally taciturn but gained notoriety for telling the tourists that Australia aimed to "end careers" in the Ashes series.

"It was a good piece of fielding. In hindsight I wouldn't have taken the run, but it was a good pick-up and throw to be fair," Vince said.

DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS

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"I'm sure lying in bed I'll have a few thoughts about it (missing out), but at the same time if you had offered me scoring 80-odd I probably would have taken it."

Vince, who was earlier put down by recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine off Lyon, led a fighting English rearguard with Mark Stoneman after the early loss of Cook.

It took a special piece of fielding from Lyon to end Vince's 170-ball, four-hour vigil and give the Australians hope on a rugged first day on an unresponsive Gabba pitch.

Eighteen runs later, Root fell leg before wicket to Pat Cummins for 15 off 50 balls after a review, in a another huge scalp for the toiling Australians.

"In terms of a fast bowler's wicket, it's pretty much the dream wicket. One of the most satisfying I've ever got," Cummins said.

"If the ball is swinging, to set him up with a couple of overs of out-swing, then try to bowl one big in-swinger, it probably only comes off one in a hundred times.

"But when it does it's pretty special."

At stumps, Dawid Malan was batting on 28 along with Moeen Ali, whose 13 included the day's only six.

SPIRITED RECOVERY

Australia have a formidable record at the intimidating 'Gabbatoir', where they have not lost a test match since 1988, and where England haven't won in 31 years.

But Vince and Stoneman had few problems mastering Australia's vaunted fast bowling trio before Stoneman, the Surrey opening bat, was bowled between his bat and pad by Pat Cummins for 53 nearing tea.

It looked as though Vince would go on and crown his resilient innings with a century after passing his previous highest test score of 42.

Vince survived a big moment nearing tea when he edged Lyon on 68, only for the deflection to bounce away off the top of the gloves of recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine, much to the Australians' anguish.

Vince put on a 125-run second-wicket stand with Stoneman as the Australian bowling attack struggled on a slow-paced Gabba pitch.

It was a spirited recovery after the early wicket of Cook in the third over. The former England captain only lasted 10 balls before he edged pace spearhead Mitchell Starc to Peter Handscomb at first slip for just two.

It continued an uncertain start to the Ashes tour for Cook, who amassed 766 runs in England's 3-1 series victory in 2010-2011 but who has just one half-century in five innings on the current visit.

Stoneman continued his prolific form following his century and three half-centuries in the four innings of the warm-up games.

Opener David Warner (neck) and lower order batsman Shaun Marsh (back) were both passed fit to play after injury concerns.


AUSTRALIA: Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Steven Smith (capt), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

ENGLAND: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jake Ball, James Anderson



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