The preparation had finished, all the talk had stopped, the ashes had started.
It was the England captain that called the toss correctly and chose to bat on a dry pitch. It was a steady start with the bowlers not getting it quite right, but a loose drive from captain Cook cost him his wicket when he was caught by the keeper for just 13.
Peter Siddle was expensive in his first four overs. But then, after a change of ends, he bowled a straight, fast Yorker to dismiss Joe Root.
England’s number three, Jonathan Trott, plodded away, reaching 48, before being bowled by Siddle from wide of the crease.
A positive innings from Jonny Bairstow alongside a watchful Ian Bell formed a solid partnership, however it was Siddle once again who took the wicket of Bell for 25, as he nicked one to first slip.
Matt Prior was next to the crease but played a rash off side cruncher that was held by cover point to give Peter Siddle five wickets.
So then it was Bairstow and the tail. Broad hung around for a bit, playing a few free flowing drives but was cleaned up by Pattinson.
Mitchell Starc and Pattinson finished what was a painful innings to watch, with the England total a mere 215 with a highest score of 48.
England needed a fight back. A few powerful blows by Watson, but then a good delivery by Finn sent him on his way.
Finn then knocked over Ed Cowen the next ball. The hatrick was on. It was not to be however. The batsmen, Michael Clark survived but not for long. One of the best deliveries Anderson has ever bowled did for the Australian captain, angling in and swinging away, did him like a kipper.
But England didn’t have it all their own way. Some determined batting from Rogers kept the England seamers at bay for a while.
Anderson once again was the man that made the breakthrough, a tight lbw decision given by the umpire that was reviewed by Rogers. The decision stood.
Four down, it took some positive batting by Steve Smith and Hughes to get to the end of the day. Australia finished 75 for four with Smith scoring 38 not out, set to push on tomorrow morning.