England loses first Ashes Test

Australia has claimed victory in the first Test of the Ashes series after winning by a significant 381 runs.

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Australia all out for 295 as Stuart Broad takes six

Australia were all out for 295 on the second day of the opening Ashes test at the Gabba on Friday, as England's Stuart Broad took six wickets.

Stuart Broad holds the match ball as England leave the filed after he took six wickets during day two of the first Ashes Test.
Stuart Broad holds the match ball as England leave the filed after he took six wickets during day two of the first Ashes Test. Credit: PA

England have begun their response to Australia's 295 and were 55 for two wickets in their first innings at lunch.

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Local newspaper calls Broad the 'phantom menace'

A Brisbane newspaper has kept to their word and refused to name Stuart Broad in their latest report, despite the bowler's stunning performance on the opening day of the Ashes.

The Courier-Mail published a front page without an image of Broad under the headline, the "Phantom Menace".

The paper published a front page without an image of Broad. Credit: Courier-Mail
The paper kept to their word and did not name the English bowler Credit: Courier-Mail

The paper have previously described Broad as a "smug Pommie cheat" and accused him of "sullying the gentlemen's game" after an incident during the previous Ashes series.

Broad responded to the boos of the Australian crowd at the Gabba by taking five wickets to give England the advantage as Australia struggled on 273-8.

Following the match, the 27-year-old walked into the press room clutching a copy of the paper perhaps to prove the tabloid's attempts to unsettle him had had the opposite effect.

Read: Kevin Pietersen and Australian press exchange insults

Team mates hail Stuart Broad after bowling heroics

England's cricketers have hailed Stuart Broad's performance on the opening day of the Ashes test.

Broad responded to a hostile reception from home fans at the Gabba with a five-star performance to give England the upper hand.

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Hats off to @stuartbroad8 for taking five on that day 1 pitch. Great support from the barmy army as ever, amazing motivation from the locals

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Brilliant 1st day after losing the toss! So chuffed for @stuartbroad8 showing his class yet again. Long long way to go though! #ashes

Following the close of play, the 22-year-old walked into his post-match press conference clutching a copy of the Courier-Mail - the paper which vowed to refer to the bowler as 'Stuart Fraud' for the duration of the Ashes.

Read: Aussie newspaper bans name of 'Pommie cheat' Stuart Broad

England can be 'very proud' of opening day efforts

Stuart Broad said England can be very proud of their efforts on the opening day of the Ashes series after they made a commanding start in Brisbane.

Broad's five-wicket haul helped the visitors restrict Australia to just 273 for eight.

The bowler said the players were very satisfied but tired, after overcoming initial nerves to claim eight wickets in a day.

"If we sit back and relax with a drink in the changing room, we can be very proud of the efforts we put in today", the 27-year-old said.

Read: Broad enters press room clutching 'Stuart Fraud' paper

Broad enters press room clutching 'Stuart Fraud' paper

Stuart Broad enters the press room in Brisbane clutching the Courier-Mail Credit: ECB

England bowler Stuart Broad has walked into his post-match press conference with a copy of the paper that banned his name, after his bowling heroics helped England get off to a strong start in the opening Ashes test.

The Courier-Mail vowed to refer to the bowler as 'Stuart Fraud' for the duration of the Ashes after a controversial decision during the previous series.

After taking five wickets on the opening day of the test in Brisbane, Broad entered the press room after the close of play casually clutching a copy of the paper.

Read: Stuart Broad hands England advantage in Ashes opener

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Five-star Broad hands England advantage in Ashes

England's Stuart Broad (third right) celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's David Warner (left) during day one of the first Ashes Test Credit: PA Wire

Stuart Broad's five-wicket haul ensured England's Ashes defence got off to a stunning start in Brisbane.

Broad, who was depicted as the pantomime villain by the Brisbane press, was booed as he began to bowl.

Unaffected by the reaction, Broad bowled out Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Johnson and even skipper Michael Clarke as the visitors managed to restrict Australia to just 273 for eight.

Read: Broad the first bowler to reach 50 Test wickets in 2013

Broad takes five wickets in Ashes opener

England bowler Stuart Broad took five wickets in an innings for the 11th time in his Test career.
England bowler Stuart Broad took five wickets in an innings for the 11th time in his Test career. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Stuart Broad has just taken his fifth Australian wicket in Brisbane to maintain England's control in the opening Ashes Test match.

Australia are currently 246-7 in their first innings after electing to bat first.

Picture: Australia fans taunt Stuart Broad on boundary

Australia rally to halt England's progress in Brisbane

Bowling all-rounder Mitchell Johnson plays the ball just past the outstretched hand of Ian Bell.
Bowling all-rounder Mitchell Johnson plays the ball just past the outstretched hand of Ian Bell. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Australia have rallied in the final session of the first Ashes Test match in Brisbane to slow England's progress and move to 232-6.

Half-centuries from bowling all-rounder Mitchell Johnson and wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin have made things difficult for the tourists in humid conditions.

Picture: Australia fans taunt Stuart Broad on boundary

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