Alastair Brownlee survived an illegal changeover to inspire England to triathlon team relay gold at the Commonwealth Games as the quartet of Vicky Holland, Jonny Brownlee, Vicky Stimpson and Alastair Brownlee completed a clean sweep at the top of the podium in Glasgow.

The team, all of whom medaled in the individual competition on the opening day of the games in Glasgow, finished ahead of silver medalists South Africa while Australia won the bronze in a thrilling battle for third.

Holland, the bronze medalist from the women's event, trailed Canada's Kirsten Sweetland by five seconds after the first leg, with Kiwi Emma Moffatt in pursuit followed by Northern Ireland's Aileen Reid.

But the second leg saw the Olympic bronze and Commonwealth silver medal winner Jonny pull away from the field, opening up an 11-second lead on the 1600m run before handing over the women's champion Stimpson.

The 25 year old gave England a narrow advantage, as the chasing pack began to shrink, with New Zealand comfortably in second while Australia, South Africa and Canada were fighting it out for the remaining medal.

Reigning Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth champion Alastair was next, and he took a firm grip on the race, amid fears he may have overstepped the changeover zone before being tagged by Stimpson, and opening up a 40-second advantage befoe cruising home to clinch England's dominance of the event.