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.

Aussie press revels in England's Ashes slump

The Australian press has been revelling in England's slump in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane:


'A team of nobodies': Oz media glee over England slump

The Courier Mail asseerts that "the Poms have disappeared" Credit: Courier Mail/Twitter

Australian media have reacted with glee to England's disastrous performance in the first innings in the first Ashes Test.

The Courier Mail, which has been involved in a row with England players Stuard Broad and Kevin Pietersen has celebrated "England's Ashes nightmare."

Yesterday it labelled Broad, who took five wickets, the "phantom menace."

The Ashes: England suffer fastest wicket loss since 1990

England's cricketers have endured their fastest batting collapse in 23 years in the first match of the Ashes series in Australia.

Australia's Mitchell Johnson celebrates the wicket of Michael Carberry in the first Ashes test. Credit: DAN PELED/AAP/Press Association Images

The tourists slumped from 82-2 to 136 all out in the first innings, in the process losing six wickets for nine runs: their fastest wicket loss since England's match in Melbourne in 1990, when they lost six wickets for three runs.

Disastrous second day for England in the Ashes

England's cricketers slumped to 136 all out on the second day of the first Ashes test.

England's cricket captain, Alastair Cook, has much to ponder after the second day's play. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Australia finished the day on 65 runs without loss in their second innings, having been bowled out for a first innings total of 295.They now lead by 224 runs.

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