Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day November 23, 2006

Short cuts - Ponting's ace

Cricinfo staff

Ricky Ponting serves an ace © Getty Images
Moment of the Day
Ricky Ponting's attempt at a tennis-serve celebration for his 32nd Test century. Rarely has the Australia captain shown such emotion and smiled as wildly. In case it wasn't clear, Ponting cares deeply about regaining the Ashes.

Dismissal of the Day
There wasn't much choice and Paul Collingwood's sharp take at first slip to remove Damien Martyn was easily the stand-out.

Anticlimax of the Day
After 15 months it took only seven seconds of action for Steve Harmison to produce the opening disappointment of the series. Wide and revolting, his first ball was fielded at second slip and was reminiscent of Phil DeFreitas's long-hop to Michael Slater in 1994-95.

Shot of the Day
Ponting's drive off Flintoff, in the second over after lunch. In the slot and eased leg-side of straight, to launch Australia's second session of unfettered run-scoring

Comeback of the day
Any number of England's Lazarus impersonators could qualify, but a year to the day since his last Test (or even first-class) appearance, Ashley Giles's commendable and wicket-taking return takes the biscuit. Monty? Who's he?

Lowlight of the Day
The abominable tea-time entertainment from Australia's answer to Chas 'N Dave, whose medley of spurious cricket-related jingles stunned even the Barmy Army into silence.

"Giles and Pietersen bowled okay late, which pleased Warney. Not because they're mates, but because it's spun a little bit." Ricky Ponting