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Day 2 report: Travis Head blasted a rapid-fire century to crush England hopes on the second day of the opening Ashes Take a look at on the Gabba on Thursday.
On the shut of play Australia have been 343-7, a lead of 196 on England’s dismal first-innings whole of 147.
Head was on 112 from solely 95 balls, alongside Mitchell Starc, who was not-out 10.
England had threatened a.neteback after tea when Ollie Robinson took two wickets in consecutive balls, however Head’s aggressive innings put paid to any hopes of a miracle restoration.
Head got here to the crease with Australia 189-3 after Steve Smith edged Mark Wooden to keeper Jos Buttler simply earlier than tea.
He then watched David Warner (94) and Cameron Inexperienced depart to Robinson’s correct seamers after the break, with Australia nonetheless solely 89 runs forward.
However the 27-year-old Head attacked from the outset and was notably harsh on spinners Jack Leach and Joe Root.
He smashed two sixes and 12 boundaries in his century, his third general and his first because the Boxing Day Take a look at in opposition to New Zealand in 2019.
Leach, 1-95 from 11 overs, failed to say any management and with Ben Stokes additionally struggling for health, skipper Root needed to rely closely on his three-man seam assault.
Earlier, Warner rode his luck within the first two periods.
The gritty opener was bowled by a no-ball by Stokes earlier than lunch, then dropped by Rory Burns within the first over after the break, earlier than Haseeb Hameed bungled a easy run-out when Warner was on 60.
Warner’s luck started within the opening session when Stokes bowled him when he was on 17, however the all-rounder had overstepped to offer the Australian opening batsman a reprieve.
It later transpired that expertise points have been on the centre of the no-ball drama.
Tv replays confirmed that Stokes had additionally overstepped on the primary three balls of his over, however nothing was referred to as.
That led to strategies that had he been referred to as earlier by the umpires, he would have adjusted his run-up and Warner’s prized wicket — on Stokes’s fourth supply — could have stood.
Cricket Australia later mentioned the expertise that TV umpires use to assist examine no-balls was not working.
With inputs from AFP