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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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Hail brings up tea as England struggle on

England, battling to save the opening Ashes test, were 142 for four chasing an unlikely 561 to beat Australia when a short but dramatic hailstorm precipitated an early tea break on the fourth day at the Gabba.

England's Ian Bell reacts after losing his wicket during day four of the first Ashes Test at The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia. Credit: PA

England skipper Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 65 with Joe Root alongside him on six when the players were taken off the field after Kevin Pietersen (26) and Ian Bell (32) had been dismissed earlier in the day.

England still trailed the hosts by 418 runs with just six wickets in hand and four sessions remaining in the match.

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