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AUS vs ENG Ashes 5th Test Day 1: Travis Head’s century as Australia bounces back, score 241/6 on day one

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Travis Head hitting a shot during a century innings

Highlights

  • Australia scored 241 for six on the first day of the final Ashes Test match.
  • Travis Head played an aggressive innings of 101 runs off 113 balls.
  • Cameron Green also made an important contribution of 74 runs.

Returning to the team Travis Head’s brilliant century helped Australia to 241 for six on the rain-affected first day of the fifth and final Ashes Test against England. Head, who scored 152 in the first Test in Brisbane, played an aggressive 101 off 113 balls to not allow England to capitalize on their early success in the Day-Night Test. Cameron Green also made an important contribution of 74 runs. At the same time, Marnus Labuschagne scored 44 runs.

Head and Green put on 121 runs for the fifth wicket. After half an hour of tea break, the game could not be played further in the day due to rain. David Warner (0), Usman Khawaja (6) and Steve Smith (0) had returned to the pavilion by the time Head stepped into the crease in the 10th over after Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. On wickets looking favorable to the bowlers, Ollie Robinson (2 for 24) and Stuart Broad (2 for 48) did the main damage to Australia. Head, who could not play in the Sydney Test due to corona virus infection, first took the position by sharing a 71-run partnership with Labuschagne.

When Labuschagne did not even open the account, Jack Crowley dropped his catch at second slip which cost England dearly. Labuschagne made some decent shots on Chris Woakes (1 for 50) and Mark Wood (1 for 79) but he slipped and got bowled while trying to play Broad across the line. In the second session, Head and Green made some good shots on either side of the wicket. Head, after completing the century, was caught at mid-on by Woakes. He hit 12 fours in his innings. Green played 109 balls and hit eight fours before being dismissed by Wood. Alex Carey was on 10 when the stumps were dislodged while Mitchell Starc is yet to open the account. Australia have already won the series by winning the first three matches. The fourth Test played in Sydney ended in a draw.

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