Australia’s dominance on the Ashes’ opening day continued as they beat England to 147, with new skipper Pat Cummins taking five wickets, before the rain hit the Gabba.
England were played in just 50.1 overs, with the final wicket falling on tea when the rain started to fall. The rain passed, but poor light prevented play from resuming.
England got off to a disastrous start, losing Rory Burns on the first ball of the series and stumbling to 29 for four, with Joe Root and Ben Stokes back in the hutch.
Youngsters Haseeb Hameed and Ollie Pope began a rebuild, which was continued by Jos Buttler, but neither of them were able to convert a cameo into something more substantial as Australia – led by Cummins – did played and caught superbly.
After Hameed and Pope struggled to reach lunch, Cummins returned the first – caught on the second slip by Steve Smith – in the first round after lunch for 25. Smith was the last of the Aussie Cord to take a hold, with their perfectly secure hands.
Buttler launched an impressive counterattack, targeting Josh Hazlewood, who had been superb in the morning (with numbers of 7-4-3-2). He drove well and got off to a good start, until Mitchell Starc put him out for 39.
Cameron Green was hired and Pope sensed an opportunity, only to find himself brilliantly caught by long-legged Hazlewood. This gave Green his first wicket on his fifth test.
Chris Woakes played a few shots, but Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood fell to Cummins, who finished the heats with the weather approaching. Woakes was caught in the same way as Pope, by Hazlewood in the depths, to leave England in dire straits.