The Ashes: Australia ramps up their power in the First Test with Travis Head of the Century
Travis Head broke a century in T20 style to put Australia firmly in control in the first Ashes test on Thursday as England were hit by an injury crisis during a miserable Monday on Gabba Stadium.
David Warner failed six brief runs in a century of chance but Head kept going with a tackle, unbeaten 112 from 96 balls, giving Australia a 196-goal lead over the first half by little England with a total of 147.
Head’s partner, Mitchell Starc, wasn’t out at 10.
On a day of horrid heat and humidity, problems piled up on Joe Root’s team, with Ben Stokes all-round good, all but scratched up after the attack by an obvious knee strain. clear from the morning.
Paceman Ollie Robinson was also in a preoccupation and came out on the field visibly annoyed after barely getting through one of his after-teas sessions.
It left Mark Wood and Chris Woakes exhausted to fend off the England attack but cameraman Jack Leach and Root were hit by Head in all corners of the ground.
Warner had previously marched to the brink of a century after being sent off three times but he was ultimately sidelined 94 shortly after tea, undone by a slower ball from Robinson that sent Stokes to his mouth. retaliation.
Robinson scored a hat-trick after bowling Cameron Green at the next ball when the all-around failed to land a shot.
But it was only a brief demonstration as Alex Carey and Head have maintained Australian stability with a partnership that has spanned 41 times.
Head has come under pressure to keep his place in midfield, with Usman Khawaja poised to drop in.
Warner said: “England played badly but it was an interesting round there by Travis Head.
“It was an entertaining cricket match and it was great to watch, there were smiles on our faces.
“He had a tight battle there with Ussy (Khawaja) and let’s go out there and play like he did. That’s the Travis we know.”
Ollie Robinson has spoken of a “dream” coming true at Gabba after delivering his first Ashes goal despite a difficult day for England.
“Today is pretty weird for me,” says Robinson BBC Test Match Special. “I took a step back at one stage to get it all done. I wish the team would have a better day but personally it’s a dream come true.
“Tomorrow we need to get in the good stuff – hit those good areas, let’s go hard again. If we can have a good first hour and then hope increases. ”
Jack RathbornDecember 9, 2021, 08:25
Ashes 2021: Finn returns to Leach after stormy Monday
Steven Finn supported Jack Leach despite a day of bowling at Gabba.
“I have no doubt that Jack Leach is still the right man to be England’s mainstay on this trip, but today Australia has been ruthless,” he said. BBC Test Match Special.
“They put their foot in England’s throat and they took it off for a period of half an hour but as soon as they got the chance they put it back on.
“They executed their game plan. They will talk about not letting the three seafarers rest. “
Jack RathbornDecember 9, 2021, 08:12
Jack RathbornDecember 9, 2021, 08:12
Ashes 2021: Ollie Robinson is encouraged by bowling performance
“It was a kettle. It was difficult conditions for us but the boys overcame it. There were some early missed opportunities and on another day we were able to knock them down four.
“My body is fine. I’m here for strapping and maintenance but I’ll rest tonight and come back tomorrow.
“It came out very well today. I was consistent and had a lot of play and misses. I feel like I’m going to cut Warner out of everything. He left many good times but there are also times when I think he will make a nickname.
“I haven’t really played anywhere like this. The closest place would be Headingley – it’s nice to bounce as a big guy and get some extra power. It definitely helped [having spent time over in Australia before] – whenever you can come here and learn how to hit the ball with the Kookaburra ball, it definitely helped me today and hopefully for the rest of the series. ”
Jack RathbornDecember 9, 2021, 08:04
Ashes 2021: David Warner praises British bowling for a second day
“They did a great job, didn’t they? They were relentless,” David Warner told Fox. “What an interesting round for Travis Head.
“We had smiles on our faces. It must be up there for him personally. It was a close battle for him and Uzzie but to come out the way he did… that’s the Travis Head we know.
“Obviously getting thrown at a ball that doesn’t have the ball… you have to try to keep your feet behind the line like a pitcher.
“I thought I had gone very well. Everyone talks about my form in T20 content but when you run out of time you deserve a bit of luck. ”
Jack RathbornDecember 9, 2021 07:55
Ashes 2021 – Australia 332/7: Travis Head and Mitchell Starc take the lead
Mark Wood looked tired and weary as he knocked another one down.
A desperate appeal to which Joe Root eventually conceded defeat, refusing to take it upstairs.
Go up to 112 out of 95 and Starc has made 10 from 22, leading 196.
Starc with a big hump there when Wood has his back to the tree, the hot spot shows a bit of nick on the inner edge but it doesn’t carry.
Jack RathbornDecember 9, 2021 07:29
Ashes 2021 – Australia 332/7: Travis Head is stabbed in the head by Mark Wood after creating the century
It’s a flash from Wood, it shoots out of Head’s glove and up to his chin, he stands up and looks fine, but a shocking moment.
Jack RathbornDecember 9, 2021 07:16
Ashes 2021 – Australia 325/7: Travis Head delivers the century
Travis Head brought home his hundred, a good shot, he made 102 from 86 balls after a good punch to the ground.
One half put the home side in control of this First Test at Gabba.
He currently has 179 runs after…
Jack RathbornDecember 9, 2021 07:11
Joe Root takes down Cummins
Australia captain Cummins was left sorely disappointed after England captain Root took his stick. Root gets a great victory in the battle of the captains.
It’s 306-7 with the lead with 159 runs.
Shweta SharmaDecember 9, 2021 06:52
Ollie Robinson leaves the field
Jack Leach covers Ollie Robinson after he motioned for the substitute to turn his arm.
Robinson appears to have developed cramp but this doesn’t look good for England as Leach’s previous 10 passes have cost 80.
Ben Stokes, who is also on the pitch despite injury, is not in good form either.
Shweta SharmaDecember 9, 2021 06:46
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