Stuart Broad took his fifth five-wicket haul against Australia as England took the first day at The Gabba.
Broad finished with figures of 5-65, including the prize wicket of Aussie captain Michael Clarke, as the hosts finished 273-8 at the close.
Dubbed as the villain of the piece thanks to his antics in the summer series in England, Broad was roundly booed when he came onto bowl at the start of the morning.
However, he responded in perfect style with the first wicket of the series, when Chris Rodgers was caught in the gully by Ian Bell.
"I had prepared myself for a little bit of stick and boos but I quite enjoyed it,” he said.
Captain Alistair Cook lost the toss, and when Clarke elected to bat, it look set to be an Aussie day on a flat Gabba wicket. But England’s bowlers were prepared to put in the hard yards.
"Obviously there’s been a lot of build up to this tour and a lot of talk, but we know within the changing room it is about preparing ourselves for the skills you need for Test cricket," Broad told Sky Sports.
"I think we put everything else aside and just focused on that.
"It was nice to come away with picking up some wickets as it was one of those days where you could doubt yourself and walk away with 0-100 after getting abused all day so it feels better to have five-fer.”
James Anderson (2-61) and Chris Tremlett (1-51) were also in the wickets, as England claimed five wickets for 51 runs.
However, a partnership of 114 between Brad Haddin (78no) and Mitchell Johnson (64) held up the tourists in their attempts to clean up the tail.
England will go again tomorrow in the hope of taking the final two wickets cheaply, and then making good use of the sunny conditions in Brisbane when they come to bat.
Australia won the toss
Australia 273-8 (Stumps): Haddin (78*), Johnson (64); Broad 5-65