Ashes 2017: Australia confident heading into day two of first test

Australia is in a comfortable position heading into day two of the first Ashes test against England at the Gabba.

Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins were the stars of the day for Australia, taking crucial wickets just before stumps, seeing the visitors finish at 4-196.

The Aussies got off to a flying start on Thursday, with the Poms losing their experienced opener Alastair Cook for just two runs after being caught at slip by Peter Hanscomb after a sensational ball from Mitchell Starc.


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But England held their ground after the early loss, managing to claw their way to 1-127 before Cummins removed Mark Stoneman in the final over before tea.

Lyon then ran James Vince out for 83 with a direct hit at stumps, finishing his day with 0-40 from 24 overs on the flat and slightly damp Gabba wicket.

The Australians were growing in enthusiasm, and Cummins struck again in the final hour when he speared one in at Joe Root’s legs.

Cummins finished the day with 2-59, Starc with 1-45 and Hazlewood 0-51.

There were 1.3 overs remaining when bad light ended play, much to the disgust of skiper Steve Smith who had just taken the second new ball.

Play will resume half an hour earlier at 9.30am as a result.