ENGLAND are on the cusp of Ashes defeat as Australia took control of the First Test on a red-hot day in Brisbane.
Despite moments where they threatened to get on top, England collapsed to 195 all out in their second innings, with the Australia left to chase 170 to win.
David Warner and Cameron Bancroft guided them to 113-0 at stumps, but there were plenty of interesting moments along the way.
Root’s lapse of concentration
AFTER celebrating a hard-grafted half-century, the England skipper looked to have seen off the worst of the Australian pace attack as lunch approached.
But the next delivery from Hazlewood – on a good length, swinging in at the pads – was completely mis-read by Root.
Up went the finger and they didn’t even bother to review, Moeen Ali confirming to his captain that it was hitting middle-stump halfway up.
Fetch this, Nathan
EARLY in the afternoon session and the Australians thought they had England on the rack after taking the wicket of Root before lunch.
Step forward Jonny Bairstow – who silenced the Gabba with an absolutely brilliant shot into the stands.
Skipping down the track, the Yorkshireman went after Nathan Lyon and had spectators ducking for cover.
Bodyline to wobbly-line
MOEEN and Jonny Bairstow frustrated the Aussies for an hour after lunch – but the England No5 was dismissed by a brilliant bit of work from Tim Paine.
But as good as the glove-work was, England felt they were unfortunate due to the ‘wobbly’ nature of the crease line.
Yep, the internet went crazy as replays showed Ali out by millimeters – but only because the Aussie groundsman didn’t use a ruler.
It turned out to be a huge turning point.
MITCHELL STARC has struggled for form throughout the Test – but exploded into life in the final moments before tea.
He took the wickets of Chris Woakes and the dangerous Bairstow, before getting stuck into panto villain Stuart Broad.
A wonderful delivery did for the England No9 – but Starc didn’t even appeal as the nick was so faint, as DRS showed.
Once again it was Tim Paine who was spot on, convincing the Aussies to review and getting their reward.
Aussies tee off
ENGLAND took to the field in the final session desperate to take early wickets and put pressure on the Aussie openers.
It never materialised as David Warner and debutant Cameron Bancroft dismantled the England attack – both reaching fifty.
The shot of the day belonged to Warner, who crashed Moeen Ali over cow corner in a devastating little spell for Joe Root’s men, who are staring defeat in the face.