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Travis Head spoiled a promising start for England in the fifth and final Test from the Ashes yesterday with his second century in the series as Australia recovered from 3-12 to reach 6-241 at the stumps in a first day in the rain.

Head, who scored 152 in the opening Test in Brisbane, thwarted England’s early success with an aggressive 101 from 113 in the Day-Night Test as Australia came back strong after losing the draw.

Cameron Green contributed a commanding 74 and Marnus Labuschagne scored a quick 44 before the rain arrived about half an hour after tea and prevented further play.

Head came in with struggling Australia after a brilliant swing and bowling spell from Ollie Robinson (2-24), one of five changes England made, and Stuart Broad (2-48) on a wicket bright green.

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Head, who missed the Sydney test due to COVID-19, first got the innings back on track with a 71-run stand with Labuschagne, but not before Zak Crawley dropped Labuschagne to second. slip before the batter scores.

That drop proved costly for England who have already lost the Ashes after losing the first three Tests in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne before the draw in Sydney.

“Glad to be back and contributing,” Head said.

“I was really aware of making the right decisions – attacking the right balls, defending the right ones, being hard to get off. I felt like I was ready to start this test.”

Labuschagne thwarted the pace of Chris Woakes (1-50) and Mark Wood (1-79) breaking through nine boundaries before being fired in bizarre fashion just before the first session.

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Labuschagne was thrown cleanly in an unusual style when he appeared to slide into the crease and Broad knocked down the middle stump with the batsman dropping to his knees while crossing his stumps.

But Head and Green continued to thrive against Wood and Woakes in a dominant midfield session that produced 130 runs.

Head played exquisite shots from both sides of the wicket, particularly in front of square as he hammered 12 bounds before raising his century by clipping Woakes to the backseat for two.

However, Head fell one ball later after reaching his one hundred when he lobbed a light catch midway through.

Green didn’t have a problem with the pace before eventually falling into a trap set by captain Joe Root as he fired Wood’s short delivery straight to Crawley who was perfectly stationed at deep midwicket.

Earlier, Robinson and Broad made the most of English-favorable cloud conditions and put Australia in trouble early on.

Troubled wide openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja as he played three successive first rounds before Warner edged Robinson at Crawley and fell for a 22-ball duck.

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Sydney’s twin century designer Khawaja was also unable to negotiate Broad’s seam and nearly slipped after scoring a six before Robinson found the thick outside edge of Steve Smith (0) as the Australia slipped to 3-12 in their first indoor innings. the first 10 overs.

England’s big changes included Jonny Bairstow, who suffered a thumb injury helping England save a draw in Sydney, and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (broken finger).

England also appeared to have lost patience with out-of-form opener Haseeb Hameed, while Jimmy Anderson and Jack Leach were also missed.


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