The Analyst: How Mitchell Johnson inspired England's collapse
England's reply to Australia's 295 all out appeared to be going well when they reached 82-2, before Kevin Pietersen (18) clipped Ryan Harris to mid-wicket, signalling the beginning of England's spectacular collapse.
Michael Carberry, playing in his first Ashes Test, batted well to reach 40 before being worked over by Mitchell Johnson (4-61), edging to slip. Ian Bell and Matt Prior then fell to consecutive Nathan Lyon deliveries.
"It's been decent bowling by Australia but the batting has been pathetic," Boycott, who scored 8,114 runs in 108 Tests for England, told BBC Test Match Special.
"They've played some poor shots. The problem is we've seen it all before.
With a commanding lead, and 10 wickets intact, Australia have three days to try to force victory in the series opener.
top-scored with 94 in the hosts' first innings and said: "The Gabba's one of those grounds where things can happen quite quickly, especially with the extra bounce.
"We've got a long way to go in this match and have to turn up tomorrow. It's up to us to make sure we're on."
England's only solace is the memory of their last trip
to Brisbane in 2010,
when Alastair Cook made an unbeaten 235 and Jonathan Trott 135 not out as the tourists recovered from a first-innings deficit of 221 to post 517-1 declared in their second innings.
"We know there are still three days to go, so we're not totally out of it," said Carberry. 'We'll come out tomorrow hot.
"I think the batsmen obviously feel a little down about the session but the feeling in the dressing room is still pretty positive."
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