WILTSHIRE ace James Vince was disappointed to fall short of an Ashes century for England but admitted he would have settled for his 83 at the start of a day which left the first Test in Brisbane well poised.

The number three batsman, from Steeple Ashton, came to the crease after Alastair Cook's departure for just two runs at the Gabba but he settled in well alongside Mark Stoneman as the tourists put on three figures for the second wicket against Australia.

Former Warminster School pupil Vince was ultimately run out for 83 attempting a quick single as Nathan Lyon managed a direct hit at the stumps.

England were 196-4 at the close with Stoneman gone before Vince and captain Joe Root trapped lbw by Pat Cummins for 15.

Asked about missing out on a century, ex-Warminster and Chippenham player Vince told BT Sport: "It's disappointing but at the start of the day if you'd offered me that I would have taken it. Hopefully the team can kick on in the morning.

"I stuck to my game plan pretty well throughout, so there's lots to build on for me."

Vince said it was a positive first experience of Ashes cricket.

"It started off with the anthems - there were a few nerves down the back but it was nice to get out there and get stuck in," he added.

"My decision-making was pretty good, the pitch was quite easy-paced, I stuck to my gameplan throughout, so yes there's lots to build on for me.

"I feel like my game is in good order and I just tried to replicate that today."

Asked about his run-out, Vince said: "It's a disappointing way to go. It's a great piece of fielding but if I could rewind then I would have stayed at the end.

"It's nice to get off to a good start. A few comments I've read have said that I'm not ready for Test cricket so hopefully I've proved a few people wrong."

Vince blunted the much-hyped Australia attack but fell foul of England's new number one enemy Lyon just when he was all set to tame the Gabba.

After he was dropped by wicketkeeper Tim Paine on 68 pushing forward to Lyon, Hampshire's Vince appeared on course for a maiden Test century only for the off-spinner to snatch it away with a brilliant direct-hit to run him out attempting a faulty single to cover.

It was a moment which reinvigorated Australia and their hostile home support as captain Joe Root then also fell, lbw to Pat Cummins' old-ball swing and pace, in a stumps total of 196-4.

With Lyon at the centre of Vince's exit, it had an added significance after the spinner spoke out so forcefully earlier this week - apparently out of character - about Australia's uncompromising intent this winter.

Vince had stroked a succession of stylish off-side boundaries among his 12 fours from 170 balls, as he vindicated pre-tour predictions from the England camp that he has the ideal game to prosper in Australian conditions.

He previously flattered to deceive in seven Tests, the last more than a year ago, averaging under 20 with a joint top-score of 42.

An untypically sluggish Gabba pitch was arguably in Vince's favour, and the lack of sideways movement off the surface - a menace to his aspirations at home - was very handy too.

Nonetheless it was an admirable effort after Vince and Stoneman (53) joined forces at two for one when Mitchell Starc had made short work of England's all-time record runscorer Cook - caught at first slip pushing forward to some well-directed new-ball swing from the left-armer.

There were precious few further edges or plays-and-misses as Vince unfurled some of his favourite cover-drives and back-foot forces, and Stoneman played the percentages to continue his sequence of passing 50 in every innings on tour so far - following his three half-centuries and a century in England's warm-up fixtures.

The opener departed just before tea, during a rain-shortened second session, hanging back slightly in defence and done for pace by Cummins from round the wicket.

Lyon was then the most constant threat into the final hour, finding both turn and bounce and giving the batsmen precious little leeway, but it was Cummins who ousted the England captain before Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali's spirited partnership closed out the evening.