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Ashes: England sent message to themselves & Australia – Michael Vaughan

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First Ashes Test, Gabba, Brisbane (day one of five)
England 196-4: Vince 83, Stoneman 53
Australia: Yet to bat

England “sent a message” on the opening day of the Ashes that they will compete with Australia, says former captain Michael Vaughan.

The tourists recovered from 2-1 to reach 196-4 in Brisbane, thanks to James Vince’s 83, Mark Stoneman’s 53 and an unbeaten 28 from Dawid Malan.

“I was concerned that England might get blown away,” Vaughan, who captained England to an Ashes series in 2005, told the BBC’s Test Match Special.

“I wrote them off.”

England are widely expected to struggle in Australia, where they have won only once in the past seven tours dating back to 1990-91.

Vince, Stoneman and Malan – who had a combined 15 Test caps between them before this series – are making their Ashes debuts.

“England have sent a message to us, who talk about the game,” said Vaughan.

“More importantly, I hope they’ve sent a message to themselves. They played with control and they sent the message to everyone watching that they won’t be intimidated.

“As much as you talk about it, it’s another thing going out there and doing it.”

Who is on top?

Stoneman described the first day – shortened by nine overs by rain – as “honours even”. Australia bowler Pat Cummins, who took 2-59, said the match was “pretty evenly poised”.

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said: “It’s really hard to assess what a decent first-innings score is, because of the spin we have seen on day one.”

However, cricket data analytics company CricViz