Australia reduce England to 196/4 on Day 1 of first Ashes test
Brisbane, Nov 23 (IANS) Australia fought back to reduce a resistant England to 196 for four on the first day of their opening Ashes cricket Test at the Gabba here on Thursday.
James Vince (83) and opener Mark Stoneman (53) shared a 125-run second wicket stand but Australia hit back with the pair's wicket. The dismissal of captain Joe Root (15) gave Australia an upper hand on the first day.
Inexperienced Vince and Stoneman displayed doggedness as England recovered from the early loss of former captain Alastair Cook (2) who was caught by Peter Handscomb at first slip off left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc.