England’s James Vince was left kicking himself after he was spectacularly run out close to an Ashes debut century, as Australia struck late to leave the first Test finely balanced after day one on Thursday.
Captain Joe Root and Alastair Cook both fell cheaply before the tourists reached 196 for four when bad light ended an attritional, rain-affected day at Brisbane’s Gabba ground.
Vince top-scored as the tourists went along slowly, blunting Australia’s much-vaunted pace attack at a venue dubbed ‘The Gabbatoir’. But Australia loosened England’s hard-earned advantage when they dismissed Vince late on, just prior to the key wicket of Root who went lbw to Pat Cummins.
At stumps, Dawid Malan was batting on 28 along with Moeen Ali, whose 13 included the day’s only six. Vince, on 83, scampered for a quick single off Josh Hazlewood but a brilliant off-balance throw from Nathan Lyon prowling in the covers caught him well out of his ground.
It was a moment of triumph for the spinner, who is normally taciturn but who gained notoriety for telling the tourists that Australia aimed to “end careers” in the Ashes series.
“It was a good piece of fielding. In hindsight I wouldn’t have taken the run, but it was a good pick-up and throw to be fair,” Vince said.