The Ashes: Day 1 in pictures

Joe Root
Joe Root becomes England's first wicket in a first Ashes session which fell short of expectations for the home side Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

This was the North East's first taste of the Ashes, and the weather in Chester-le-Street on the first day of the fourth test was glorious. Thousands of fans from across the world packed into the ground. England won the toss, chose to bat first - and they were off.

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The weather got the day off well, with thousands of fans packed into the stands Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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The England fans, known as the 'Barmy Army', filled the Durham Emirates ICG Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

On the pitch, the day began slowly. England's opening pair, captain Alastair Cook and Joe Root, had reached just 34 runs when Root became the home side's first loss.

Joe Root
Joe Root was caught by Brad Haddin after he edged off Shane Watson Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Australia cricket squad
Australia watch the big screen review as Shane Watson (left) takes the wicket of Root Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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Australia's Shane Watson celebrates taking England's first wicket, early in the day Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Captain Alastair Cook clung on, reaching the only half-century of the innings so far, but was out shortly afterwards lbw for 51.

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Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen
Alastair Cook congratulated by Kevin Pietersen after scoring 50 not out runs Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Barmy Army
England's Barmy Army in the stands at Durham, with a snake made of drinks cups Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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Australia celebrate as England captain Alastair Cook is out lbw Credit: EMPICS Sport

One of the performances of the day was the Australian spinner Nathan Lyon, who made short work of Jonathan Trott (49), Kevin Pietersen (26), Ian Bell (6) and Jonny Bairstow (14), meaning that by mid-afternoon England were already looking more vulnerable on 171 for 5.

Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon in action
Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon in action - Lyon went on to take four wickets Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Jonathan Trott
Jonathan Trott walks off after being caught out Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Jonny Bairstow
England's Jonny Bairstow ducks to avoid a high ball Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow out lbw, another casualty of bowler Nathan Lyon Credit: EMPICS Sport

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Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen hits a boundary Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Kevin Pietersen caught
The Australian team celebrate after Kevin Pietersen is caught by Brad Haddin Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen walks off after being caught by Brad Haddin Credit: EMPICS Sport

Play ended for the day with England 238-9.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said Australia had been "outstanding" but he still backed the home side the win the test - and the series outright - over the next four days in Durham.

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Australia have been outstanding today... England very average but I still think they will win the game... #Ashes

Cricket ground from Lumley Castle
A packed Durham Emirates ICG looks atmospheric from the roof of nearby Lumley Castle Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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