Australia suffered a cruel blow shortly before lunch as Shane Watson played a poor shot and was caught out. Stuart Broad finished the opening session 2-30.
Australia departed for lunch at 71-2, having won the toss on the opening day of the first Ashes Test against England at Brisbane’s Gabba.
David Warner built most of the runs, and was 42 not out as captain Michael Clarke stepped to the crease.
The Australian skipper didn’t have a chance to score any runs, having only just taken to the field before the break after his side lost the wickets of Chris Rogers and Shane Watson.
The loss of Watson particularly was a cruel blow for Australia, occurring shortly before the break for lunch and just as he and Warner appeared to be building an impressive partnership.
England will now likely bowl aggressively at Clarke with the hope of landing a significant psychological blow.