Best of the Test

Skysports.com's Joe Drabble picks out the key moments from a memorable first day of the 2010-11 Ashes series at the Gabba.

Wow! That is the only emotion that can sum up my feelings after a sensational opening day to the Ashes series.

It lived up to the pre-series build up with plenty to spare as Peter Siddle claimed a hat-trick to put Australia on top.

From Doherty's drop to the Brisbane blow-up, there were plenty of talking points here at the Gabba.

Here are the day one awards...

Player - Peter Siddle

After 10 months away from Test cricket, birthday boy Siddle really did come of age as he justified his recall to the Australia side with Test-best figures of 6-54. Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann were all swept aside by the fiery Victorian, who will be celebrating his 26th birthday with an extra glass of VB.

Shot - Paul Collingwood

Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell both played some glorious shots either side of the wicket. However it was Paul Collingwood's only scoring shot which picks up this award! His innings of four was brief, but my what a four it was, Colly effortlessly punching Siddle to the long on boundary before departing the next ball.

Delivery - Peter Siddle

Siddle produced an absolute peach to remove the dangerous looking Pietersen earlier in the day but he went one better on his hat-trick ball to remove Broad. With the Gabba rocking as he ran in, Siddle sent down a searing Yorker straight onto the left-hander's toe to claim an Ashes treble. Simply breathtaking.

Drop - Xavier Doherty

Those wearing gold and green inside the Gabba watched on in horror shortly before lunch when Doherty dropped a dolly at cover point. Cook, well set on 27, was halfway towards the dressing room when he spooned his cut straight to the debutant. However he could breath again when he saw the ball spill out of his hands and into the turf.

Chant - The Fanatics

There was plenty of friendly banter between the two sets of supporters today but the Aussies produced the best on the spot comeback. The Barmy Army let rip with: "You all live in a convict colony, a convict colony", to which The Fanatics replied: "You all live in a poor economy, a poor economy." Touché.

Moustache - Mitchell Johnson

Full marks to the players on either team who have supported the 'Movember' cause (especially as most of them look ridiculous!). KP his gone for a thin look. However Mitchell Johnson has groomed his expertly and picks up this gong.

Villain

The police officer who seized the comical inflatable topless woman which was amusing the crowd whilst Cook and Pietersen refused to play any shots after lunch. Shame on you officer!

Comments (3)

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Colin Stape says...

The ashes never fails to live up to the hype unlike certain other sporting events. Long way to go, never expected an easy ride against the aussies. Looking forward to getting behind Finny and the boys later getting stuck into them!!

Posted 09:03 25th November 2010

Colin Stape says...

Breathtaking first day, cant waity for Finny and the boys to get stuck into them later. I will need matchsticks to keep me away at work today me thinks!!!

Posted 08:35 25th November 2010

Mark Owen says...

Siddle was exceptional but I can't help but think England contributed to their own downfall. Some pretty average shots from the top order and Prior just looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

Posted 08:09 25th November 2010

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