Ashes 2013-14 catch-up: Australia v England, first Test, day one

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Stuart Broad defied the barracking of the Australian crowds by taking 5-65 on the first day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Michael Clarke won the toss and batted, but Australia slipped from 71-1 to 132-6 before Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson added 114 for the seventh wicket.

But England struck late to leave the Aussies 273-8 at the close, with Haddin 78 not out.

Full day one report from Brisbane

Match scorecard

Man of the day

Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad defied his critics in the stands - and the press box - with a superlative bowling performance.

Depicted as England's pantomime villain by the home fans - and the Australian coach - since he chose not to walk in the first Test in England during the summer, he was booed when he came on to bowl, and showed signs of nerves as his first delivery was a no-ball which was dismissively pulled for four by David Warner.

However, he removed Chris Rogers with a short ball in his second over, went on to dismiss Shane Watson, Warner, captain Michael Clarke and returned to emphatically bowl Mitchell Johnson to finish with figures of 20-3-65-5.

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Newspaper of the day?

The Brisbane Courier Mail's front page

Brisbane's Courier Mail announced on Wednesday that it would not be printing Stuart Broad's name in their match reports, dubbing him a "smug Pommie cheat".

In their Twitter updatesexternal-link throughout play, they referred to "a 27-year-old English medium-pace bowler".

When Broad's father Chris, an ex-England batsman and now an ICC match referee, urged them to "mention the star performer's name", they congratulated Kevin Pietersen on a catch in his 100th Test.

After Broad's fifth wicket, they tweeted: "Congrats to England's medium pace strike bowler for his five wicket haul today."

Broad was clearly able to see the funny side, entering the close-of-play media conference with a copy of the Courier Mail tucked under his arm.

Read more media reaction in our Ashes gossip column

Moment of the day

Australia's batting line-up may be more settled than in the previous Ashes series, but much still depends on the form of captain Michael Clarke.

Michael Clarke

It will therefore be a concern at just how easy it was for England to remove the home skipper.

With Clarke - dodgy back and all - arriving in the final over before lunch, England's tactics were clear. In came the short leg, and a leg gully, Broad was going to dish out the chin music.

Clarke survived until the interval, but not much longer afterwards. Set up by some Broad full deliveries, he then had no answer to another lifting delivery, fending the simplest of chances to Ian Bell.

As Clarke departed for one, England celebrated the wicket with more jubilation than any other in the day, perhaps because of the simplicity of their plan.

It is one that could well be repeated throughout this series.

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Stats of the day

  • Clarke has been dismissed by Broad in six of his last eight Test innings, averaging 14 in that time.
  • Haddin and Johnson's partnership of 114 was the highest seventh-wicket stand in an Ashes Test at the Gabba, beating the 103 added by Australia's Brian Booth and 'Slasher' Mackay in 1962.
  • George Bailey is the oldest specialist batsman to make a Test debut for Australia since Jeff Moss in 1977.
  • Steve Smith became Chris Tremlett's 50th Test wicket in only his 12th Test since his debut in July 2007
  • Meanwhile, Broad is the first man to take 50 Test wickets in 2013.

What they said

Crowd reaction "all good fun" says Broad

England pace bowler Stuart Broad: "I prepared myself for a few boos and I quite enjoyed it, though it feels a lot better having taken five wickets. The Aussies like to give opponents a bit of stick but they like good sports. Stats suggest the Gabba second flattest wicket in the world behind the SSC [Sinhalese Sports Club] at Colombo, so we need to knock them over tomorrow and if we can get through the new ball, we can really cash in."

Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson: "Stuart Broad ripped through us at the start, but Brad and myself put on a nice partnership, and we're definitely back in the game. We're about where we should be with all those wickets down, but we've got a morning to bat tomorrow."

The expert view

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott: "Although I thought England did OK, I am not over the moon until I see the way we bat. Mind you Australia did not bat well, especially Clarke and Rogers who didn't play the short ball well. The top order didn't distinguish themselves but Haddin and Johnson got them out of jail."

Former England off-spinner Vic Marks: "How many times have you seen the ball go past the bat? How many lbw appeals have there been? Hardly any. This is a good pitch."

Former England captain Michael Vaughan: "Australia's top six is poor. Michael Clarke is their outstanding player, but England have a method against him. He has a real problem against the short ball. England know they only have to string a few maidens together and the pressure will tell on this Australia team."

Listen to Jonathan Agnew and Geoff Boycott's review of the day on the TMS podcast

The Twitterati

Stephen Fry:external-link David Warner is the Dick Dastardly or possibly Terry-Thomas of cricket. Stylish, wicked but impossible not to admire.

Ex-Australia opener Matthew Hayden:external-link Very impressive bowling performance from English attack in particular Broad. Clarke delivery was a cracker.

Ex-Australia batsman Tom Moody:external-link The concern for Australia is that England's plans & their execution to our top 6 have been spot on, exposed so early in the series!

And finally

Comedian Michael McIntyre was at the Gabba, even finding his way into the England dressing room. Ian Bell tweeted a photograph of himselfexternal-link with the funnyman, while Graeme Swann wrote:external-link "Someone's been in to steal my joke book."

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