Michael Carberry will tonight face his maiden Ashes delivery after England dominated day one of the first Test in Brisbane.
Australia won the toss at the Gabba but day one belonged to Alastair Cook’s men as they reduced the hosts to 273 for eight at the close.
And it could have been much worse for Michael Clarke & Co, who stumbled to 132 for six in the face of a fine spell of bowling from Stuart Broad (five for 65).
Brad Haddin (78 not out) and Mitchell Johnson (64) led the fightback with a stand of 114.
But England will be determined to wrap up the Aussie innings early on day two before Hampshire’s Carberry and skipper Cook set about hammering home the tourists’ advantage.
Carberry’s only previous match in Test cricket came in Bangladesh in 2010 – when he scored 34 and 30 in his two knocks.
The first Ashes clash of the five-match series resumes at midnight tonight.