It was the first day that Ricky Ponting, Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott had shared a commentary box as BT pundits, but James Vince’s run out by Nathan Lyon offered the chance for a callback to the 2005 series straight away.
With Vince hitting the ball to cover and calling a run only to be dimissed by a direct hit, Boycott wasted no time in reminding Ponting of the Australian’s own dismissal by Gary Pratt at Trent Bridge 12 years ago.
“Gary Pratt was it? Bringing back memories Ricky?” joked Boycott, who was on commentary for Channel 4 while the other two captained their sides in 2005. Ponting reacted angrily to the use of substitute fielders by Vaughan’s team.
Vince’s dismissal came as a bitter disappointment after he had surprised many with a skilfully composed 83 from 170 balls, but he was undone by a beautiful pick up and throw by Lyon as Australia fought back into the game on a rain-affected first day at The Gabba.
England ended the day 196-4 with Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali at the crease.