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Day 5

665dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

England break records in high-scoring draw

It was a day for burning up the record books at the Gabba as Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott produced a herculean unbroken stand of 329 to secure a comfortable draw for England

665dPeter English at the Gabba

Ponting unimpressed with technology

Ricky Ponting called the technology used to rule on disputed low catches "a blight on the game" after his take of Alastair Cook was turned down

665dAndrew Miller at the Gabba

'The Gabbatoir' no more

England fear nothing about the challenge that awaits them on this tour. The only way they'll be beaten is on the field, not in the head

665dS Rajesh

Records galore

Stats highlights from a batsman-dominated Test at the Gabba

665dAndrew Miller and Peter English at the Gabba

Cooking the books

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the fifth day between Australia and England at the Gabba

665dAndrew Miller at the Gabba

Strauss lauds Cook's 'special innings'

Andrew Strauss praised Alastair Cook's double-century as one of the greatest innings in Ashes history, as England closed out the first Test with a monumental batting performance on the final day at the Gabba

Day 4

665dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Strauss and Cook reignite contest

If Australia needed any convincing about England's resilience they were given a day-long example as Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook hit magnificent centuries

665dAndrew Miller at the Gabba

Strauss rises to the challenge

If ever there was a performance that laid bare a visiting team's intentions, it was the one that Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook produced on the most one-sided day of the series so far

665dSamuel Ferris

Don't forget Adelaide 2006

There's still hope left for Australia in this Test. If only they had the passion of a beach-ball hating senior citizen

665dAndrew Miller at the Gabba

'It was very satisfying' - Cook

If Andrew Strauss's century was an innings that Australia had anticipated on the strength of his performances in England in 2009, then Alastair Cook's personal epic crept up on them via the blind-side

665dPeter English at the Gabba

Watson bemoans collective failure

Shane Watson says all of the Australian bowlers should be blamed for the side's lack of penetration on the fourth day as England stormed back into the opening Test.

Day 3

665dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Hussey and Haddin put Australia in command

Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin wrote themselves a place in the history books with a monumental 307-run partnership as Australia took a firm grip on the opening Test at Brisbane

665dAndrew Miller at the Gabba

England take the hard knocks

Despite a traumatic third day in the field, England showed that they've got what it takes to fight back, if not right now, then without question as the series wears on

665dPeter English at the Gabba

Haddin's best

If Brad Haddin had settled with a half-century in this innings his contribution still would have glowed. By stretching it so far he delivered the greatest performance of his life

665dPeter English at the Gabba

'I will struggle to sleep tonight' - Hussey

Michael Hussey says he still has adrenaline running through his body after his career-best score of 195 on the third day of the first Ashes Test

665dAndrew Miller at the Gabba

We're prepared for a dogfight, insists Finn

Steven Finn marked his first Ashes Test by claiming a career-best 6 for 125, which - as a 21-year-old with just eight months of international experience to his name - is no mean feat whatsoever

665dAndrew Miller and Peter English at the Gabba

Ghastly spills and nasty spells

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third day between Australia and England at the Gabba

Day 2

665dAndrew Miller at the Gabba

Anderson leads attack into pivotal third day

It is a mark of both the respect England have been given by their opponents and the tenacity they've shown in the first two days that they are so close to parity despite spending so long chasing the game

665dPeter English at the Gabba

How Hussey got his groove back

Coming into this match with questions over his place in the Test side, Michael Hussey responded with an innings of freedom and purpose that kept his team in the game

665dAndrew Miller in Brisbane

Flower has cancerous growth removed

England's coach, Andy Flower, was forced to miss the second day of the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba after undergoing an operation to remove a cancerous growth, or melanoma, in his right cheek

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Lunch-time discussion

Join Peter English and Andrew Miller as they discuss the Gabba Test during the lunch break on the second day at 12pm local (0200 GMT). Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com

Day 1

665dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Siddle hat-trick gives Australia control

Ashes history is littered with some extraordinary opening days and Brisbane produced another as Peter Siddle gave himself a birthday to remember by claiming a hat-trick

665dPeter English at the Gabba

'It's an amazing feeling' - Siddle

Australia spent the morning waiting for a hero and by late afternoon they had one as Peter Siddle celebrated his 26th birthday with a hat-trick and career-best figures

665dPeter English at the Gabba

Bell promises England fightback

Ian Bell insists there is no need for England to panic after they were run over by Peter Siddle's career-best haul on the first day at the Gabba

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Lunch-time discussion

Peter English and Andrew Miller discussed the first session of the Gabba Test during the lunch break

Others

665dAndrew Miller

Nielsen backs struggling Johnson

Tim Nielsen, has said that the team will do everything in its power to boost the morale of their misfiring strike bowler, Mitchell Johnson, whose place in the starting XI for Friday's second Test at Adelaide is in jeopardy

702dAlan Tyers and Jarrod Kimber

Luck or strategy?

So, Australia owned day one in Brisbane

665dRob Steen

Why we need the Ashes to be competitive

It's not the oldest or fiercest, but the England-Australia rivalry has enough lustre and historical baggage to make the blood bubble. And that's why it's important the contest is even and hard-fought

665dPeter Roebuck

A chess match, not a bullfight

Both sides essentially approached the Brisbane Test defensively, and sound as the reasoning was, it didn't help set pulses racing

665dPeter English in Brisbane

Doherty ready for high-stakes debut

Xavier Doherty's level head will be tested over the next week as Australia's latest spin bowling answer makes his debut

665dAndrew Miller in Brisbane

England's best chance, but Australia seek redemption

Ricky Ponting is about to embark on his eighth Ashes campaign, and in that time he's seen the Anglo-Australian rivalry regenerate from its mid-nineties nadir to become arguably a bigger box-office event than at any time in its 133-year history

665dPeter English in Brisbane

Ponting still won't put away the pull

Ricky Ponting isn't giving up the pull and hook shots but he's going to think more carefully about when to play them. That attitude threatens to cause Ponting even more problems than his faltering cross-bat swipes have over the past year

665dPeter English in Brisbane

Injury lay-off costs Bollinger his place

A lack of game time has cost Doug Bollinger his spot for the first Ashes Test despite him being Australia's most potent bowler of the past 12 months