Welcome to sports starReport on the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart.
report, day one
Travis Head returned from COVID-19 to smash a bellicose 101, while Cameron Green hit 74 to revive Australia after collapsing on the opening day of Friday’s day-night final Ashes Test against England.
After crushing defeats in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, England’s attack across the board gave Australia a strong start 12-3.
A 71 with Marnus Labuschagne (44) and 121 with Green, Australia led 241-6 before rain forced early stumps in the pink ball at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
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Earlier, England’s seamen beat Australia’s top players in a frenzied first game, justifying captain Joe Root’s decision to play on a cloudy day.
Australia waived Marcus Harris to accommodate a once again healthy Head and Usman Khawaja, who scored a double-hundred by an intermediate bat in the last Test in Sydney.
Ollie Robinson had a breakthrough in the sixth inning and Zach Crowley caught the ball in the second slip to send David Warner back to the 22-ball Ducks.
Crowley spilled Labouchagne off Robinson before the batsman scored, diving on his left in what could have been a regular catch when Root slipped for the first time.
Khawaja gave Stuart Broad a six-minute lead and Crawley made no mistake when Robinson drew out the advantage of Steve Smith, who fell for a duck.
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Labuschagne continued the offense, flicking Chris Woakes for a six-pointer before a bizarre dismissal. The right-hander drags and overbalances outside the stump. Broad’s delivery clapped onto his stump.
Head ran for a 112-ball century but then fell immediately to give Robinson the lead when trying to hit Woakes halfway through.
The second century of the Hyde series contains 12 boundaries.
Mark Wood shot Green for a 74, his second 50 in the all-rounder series, before rain interrupted the game.
Sam Billings made his first Test for England behind the stumps in place of the injured Jos Buttler.
Australia: David Warner, Usman Kawaja, Manus Labouchagne, Steven Smith, Travis Hyde, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Parque T. Cummins (c), Mitchell Stark, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.
UK: Rory Burns, Zach Crowley, David Maran, Joe Root (centre), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Sam Billings (week), K. Reece Vaux, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad.
Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc , Mitchell Spearson, David Warner.
UK: Joe Root, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (Week), Dom Bass, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zach Crowley, Hasib Hammy De, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, David Maran, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Walkers, Mark Wood, Sam Billings (wk).
When and where to watch the 2021-22 Australia vs England Ashes?
The match will be broadcast live Sony Sports Network and will be in Sony LIV Applications starting at 9.30am IST.