The Ashes
Australia's unbeaten batting pair of David Warner (C) and Cameron Bancroft (L) walk back to the pavilion at the end of the fourth day's play in the first Ashes Test Getty

Australia sauntered to a commanding position in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, finishing the fourth day at 114 for no loss, needing only 57 runs on the final day to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

David Warner [60*] and Cameron Bancroft [51*] were the ones in charge of proceedings on Day 4, with play set to resume on the final day in what is expected to be a mere formality. The former had taken a measured approach to the game and will look to close the match before lunch to register a convincing victory for the hosts.

James Anderson had returned to the line-up after an injury scare on the third day, but he and Stuart Broad were unable to affect the game as the hosts made easy work of the opposition.

Meanwhile, England had started day four at 33 for two but failed to make any sort of headway as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Joe Root was the only one to offer any sort of resistance with a measured knock of 51 before he was sent to the pavilion by Josh Hazlewood.

However, one moment of contention was the dismissal of Moeen Ali, who was involved in what was arguably the most divisive moment of the fourth day. He was adjudged to be stumped for 40 off the bowling of Nathan Lyon, when third umpire Chris Gaffaney adjudged his toe to be on the crease but not behind it as wicketkeeper Tim Paine whipped off the bails.

It was a crucial moment in the contest after Moeen's positive attitude had taken the attack back to Australia after the dismissal of Root had led to a bit of a low among the visitors.

Reaction to the decision was met with a deluge of controversy, with cricket experts pointing out that the benefit of any doubt is usually supposed to go to the batsman, which was not the case here.