Before play started...: The first day was washed out at an intriguing stage. In the flipping balance.
Where did it all go wrong for Australia?: Middle order didn't offer a great deal.
Where did it all go right for Australia?: Tail wagged, and they took some important English wickets
Where did it all go wrong for England?: Looked a bit shell-shocked when Johnson and Hilf started smacking a few.
Where did it all go right for England?: Bowled Australia out for a probably below-par score, and set about knocking those down well
Who won each session?: Morning - England. Afternoon - Even. Evening - Even
Who's winning the game?: Again, really tight. Sticking my neck out; I'd say England at this stage. Just.
Shot of the day: Strauss's clubbed six off Hilfenhaus. You don't bowl there to Straussy.
Ball of the day: Hilfenhaus bowling Strauss. That's where you bowl to Straussy.
Man of the day: Oddly, Mitchell Johnson. Batted well (even making England look scared of him), and took two important wickets.
And finally... Ashes Oddity: The Hoff messing up the tea-time race not once, but twice. Anger followed from the participants, with batons being hurled to the ground. Ugly scenes.