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