Glamorgan's cricket stadium was full for the first time for the historic Ashes Test in Cardiff
England and Australia players line up at the opening ceremony.
Soprano Katherine Jenkins is more used to singing the Welsh national anthem before rugby internationals - this was her first Test match.
The official opening was signalled by fireworks
The match was also a test for stadium managers, with the first 16,000 sell-out since its revamp
The Australians troop out for the start of the match, after losing the toss
England's opening batsmen Andrew Strauss (left) and Alistair Cook take to the pitch
The Barmy Army showed their support early on in the npower 1st Ashes Test
Support for England from the stands included former Ashes-winning skipper Michael Vaughan (back row, second right)
Others passing on the Taff Trail alongside the stadium could find a small gap Photo: Tom Bourton
Others took a more precarious position to ensure a view Photo: Tom Bourton
This aerial shot shows the cricket stadium, in relation to the Millennium Stadium, further along the banks of the River Taff in Cardiff city centre
Another aerial view, right over the ground, with the river in the foreground
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