England’s Mark Stoneman plays a shot during the Ashes cricket test between England and Australia in Brisbane. Picture credit: Tertius Pickard/AP/Press Association Images

Australia beat England by 10 wickets on the final day in Brisbane at the Gabba, giving them a 1-0 series lead.

Mark Stoneman hit his maiden Ashes 50 before tea on day one prior to being clean bowled by left arm seamer Mitchell Starc for 53.

World number one batsman and captain Steven Smith rescued the Aussie first innings, hitting an unbeaten 141.

On the penultimate day, Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow gave the tourists hope by each surpassing 40, but all three failed to capitalise.

England had a measly lead of 169 to defend heading into the Aussie second innings, and any hopes of a shock England victory were lost when Cameron Bancroft and David Warner both reached their half-centuries, guiding Australia to a crucial victory.

The absence of Ben Stokes was clear to see from the off, with replacement Chris Woakes struggling both with bat and ball.

Moving Woakes and Ali up the batting order left England’s tail exposed to the Aussie seamers, who were simply too good for them.

England will be hoping to have their first-choice all-rounder back later in the series, which would be a major boost if the tourists are to take the urn home

Despite the result, Gateshead born Stoneman showed excellent composure and character at the crease which was further shown with his second innings total of 27.

Stoneman saw off the new ball before falling at first slip from an excellent ball by the impressive off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

The next test will be at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday in the first ever Ashes day-nighter.

Stoneman made his test debut in August vs the West Indies under floodlights at Edgbaston, so does have experience playing with the pink ball.