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Ashes 2021-22, AUS vs ENG, fifth Check, Day 1: Head’s century lifts Australia from 12-3 to 241-6 in Hobart

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Travis Head of Australia scores a century throughout day one of many Fifth Check within the Ashes sequence between Australia and England

England have been off to a flying begin on the opening day of the fifth Check in Hobart however Travis Head’s century spoiled the guests’ celebration. Derailing at 12/3, Head’s ton guided Australia to achieve 241-6 at stumps on a rain-hit first day.

Head, who scored 152 within the opening take a look at at Brisbane, counterpunched England’s early success with an aggressive 101 off 113 balls within the day-night take a look at as Australia got here again strongly after shedding the toss. Cameron Inexperienced contributed an authoritative 74 and Marnus Labuschagne scored a speedy 44 earlier than rain arrived round half an hour after tea and prevented additional play.

Head entered with Australia in deep trouble after a superb spell of swing and seam bowling from Ollie Robinson (2-24), one of many 5 adjustments England made, and Stuart Broad (2-48) on a energetic inexperienced wicket.

Head, who missed the Sydney take a look at because of the coronavirus, first put the innings again on monitor with a 71-run stand with Labuschagne, however not earlier than Zak Crawley had dropped Labuschagne at second slip earlier than the batter had scored.

That drop proved pricey for England which has already misplaced the Ashes after shedding the primary three take a look at matches at Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne earlier than the attract Sydney.

“Nice to be back and contributing,” Head advised Channel 7. “I was really conscious of making the right decisions — attacking the right balls, defending the right ones, being hard to get out. I felt like I came into this test ready to go.”

Labuschagne counterpunched the tempo of Chris Woakes (1-50) and Mark Wooden (1-79) by clobbering 9 boundaries earlier than getting dismissed in a weird trend simply earlier than the primary session.

Labuschagne was clear bowled in an uncommon model when he appeared to slide within the crease and Broad had the center stump knocked again with the batsman falling over on his knees whereas going manner throughout his stumps.

However Head and Inexperienced continued to prosper towards Wooden and Woakes in a dominant center session which yielded 130 runs. Head performed some beautiful drives on either side of the wicket, significantly in entrance of sq. as he hammered 12 boundaries earlier than elevating his century by reducing Woakes to backward level for 2 runs.

Nevertheless, Head fell a ball later after reaching his hundred when he lobbed a mild catch to mid-on. Inexperienced didn’t have bother with the tempo earlier than he lastly fell to a entice set by captain Joe Root as he pulled Wooden’s brief supply straight to Crawley who was completely stationed at deep mid-wicket.

Earlier, Robinson and Broad made many of the favorable English-like overcast situations and had Australia in early bother.

Broad troubled openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja as he bowled three successive maiden overs earlier than Warner edged Robinson to Crawley and fell for a 22-ball duck.

Khawaja, the dual century-maker in Sydney, additionally couldn’t negotiate the seam of Broad and edged to slide after scoring six runs earlier than Robinson discovered the thick exterior fringe of Steve Smith (0) as Australia slipped to 12-3 in its first innings inside the primary 10 overs.

England’s wholesale adjustments included Jonny Bairstow, who sustained a thumb harm whereas serving to England salvage a attract Sydney, and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (damaged finger).

England additionally appeared to have run out of endurance with out-of-form opener Haseeb Hameed, whereas Jimmy Anderson and Jack Leach have been additionally omitted.

– With inputs from AP

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