James Vince got out 17 runs short of his first Test century as England ended Day 1 of the first Ashes Test at 196/4.
Ashes 2017-18: James Vince misses first Test ton as England end rain-hit Day 1 on watchful note at the Gabba
Vince put on a 125-run second-wicket stand with Stoneman as the Australian bowling attack struggled on a slow-paced Gabba pitch.
Going into this series James Vince’s Test average was less than 20. No one has ever doubted his ability; this innings was perhaps the first time he appeared that he had the temperament to succeed in Test cricket.
Jake Ball has won England's fourth seamer spot for the Ashes Test series opener after being passed fit to play against Australia at the Gabba on Thursday.
Ashes 2017: England's chances hinge on how their batsmen tackle Australia's formidable bowling attack
England will need the Australia bowlers to under-perform and their batsmen to outperform expectations for them to stand a chance in this series, both of those scenarios is unlikely.
Ashes 2017-18: England won't be 'easy to beat' despite Ben Stokes' absence, says former Australia pacer Ryan Harris
"You can’t write off teams just because of injuries. It can actually make you stronger because as a group, you come together," said Harris.
Ashes 2017: England make solid start as Mark Stoneman, James Vince scores fifties against Western Australia XI on Day 1
Stoneman fell 15 runs short of his century when he was picked up at second slip as he attempted to drive paceman Lance Morris.
Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood warns England that if their big guns don't fire it will place extra pressure on the inexperienced guys, leaving them exposed.
Ashes 2017: Moeen Ali believes England can defeat Australia in upcoming Test series even without Ben Stokes
Ali, speaking after England wrapped up their summer schedule with a nine-wicket win against a poor West Indies side in Southampton on Friday, acknowledged Stokes's importance but said they could win without him.
Ashes 2017: England’s squad picked for Australia is not their strongest, but seniors could help spring surprise
There is still plenty of uncertainty about the England batting line-up as well as many inexperienced faces in the squad. One bonus for the tourists is their hosts aren’t in great form either.
Ashes 2017-18: With Ben Stokes in trouble and an uninspired squad, Schrödinger's England is fighting against itself
Even before Stokes marked the recent death of Jake LaMotta with his own Raging Bull tribute act, his side’s Ashes preparation was looking shaky.
Ashes 2017: England recall James Vince, Gary Ballance; Ben Stokes part of 16-member squad despite arrest
Ashes-holders England face Australia in the first of five Tests in Brisbane starting on 23 November as they pick three uncapped players in the 16-member squad
England selectors mull over top order dilemma before Ashes, Mark Stoneman likely to partner Alastair Cook
England top order in recent times has seldom convinced barring opener Alastair Cook and captain Joe Root certain to play in the first Ashes test in Brisbane leaving England's selectors in quandary
Pakistan's Shahid Afridi blasted 101 in only 43 balls to inspire Hampshire's 101-run victory at Derbyshire in the Twenty20 Blast quarter-finals on Tuesday.
England dropped struggling batsman James Vince for their one-day international series against Pakistan. But they have recalled fit-again Durham duo Ben Stokes and Mark Wood into a 15-man squad.
England and Pakistan play out a highly entertaining 2-2 draw, a cricketing feast that left us longing for more
Whatever the rankings say, Pakistan probably have a better claim than most to being the number one side in the world at the moment, showing an ability to win games away that most other nations seem unable to regularly reproduce.
England vs Pakistan: Yasir Shah is up there with the greats, says Alastair Cook ahead of second Test
Alastair Cook has insisted Moeen Ali remains England's first-choice spinner, while saying Pakistan's Yasir Shah is "up there with the greats".
Trevor Bayliss hinted England might field two spinners in the second Test against Pakistan as the hosts chase a series-leveling victory at Old Trafford.
England skipper Alastair Cook blamed his team's batsmen for their 75-run defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’s.
In short, this has been a thrilling beginning to what promises to be an enthralling series between England and Pakistan.