Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Live Cricket Score - The Ashes 2021-22, 1st Test, Day 2. Travis Head completed his maiden Ashes ton off 85 balls.
Travis Head completed his maiden Ashes ton off 85 balls.
Head walks off unbeaten on 112*
He has survived a beamer from Mark Wood to lead the players off the field. Thankfully he's okay (it struck him on the chin after ricocheting off his gloves). It's been his day, it's been Australia's day. They lead by 196 with three wickets in the bag. England are a tiny speck in their rear-view mirror. A pretty deflating day for Root & Co. They soldiered well until Tea before that Head innings blew them away. They have some niggles in the XI to tend to.
Join us tomorrow to see how this Test match pans out. Is there another fight left from the visitors?
Rob Johnston @RobJ_Cricket England have generally bounced back strongly from disappointment in recent years, but it's going to be a huge effort to come back from this position, both in this game and the series. Massive test of character ahead #Ashes 07:29 AM • Dec 12, 2021
100 off 85 balls for Travis Head
His third in Test cricket, first in an Ashes series. Sizzling innings this. The second fifty took just 34 balls. He took a battered attack and ran them to the ground after an excellent early counter. He hollers in delight and then is wrapped in an embrace by Mitchell Starc. It's easy to forget that this innings started in the middle of a queasy situation when Robinson appeared to have brought the visitors back. 13 fours and 2 sixes later, they look cooked!
Martin Smith @martinsmith9994 Australia's selectors have had a very, very good month. Backed in Warner and co at the World Cup despite heavy criticism, and now Head delivers in the first #Ashes Test 07:14 AM • Dec 12, 2021
^ Fitting Head had Starc to celebrate the 100 with. These two were the only question marks in the build up to this Test.
cmfootball news12 and 5089 others @cmfootball12 @kaushik_cb england need to bat whole tommorow and day 4 if they want a chance with catious approach positive intent if want any chance-aravindh 07:13 AM • Dec 12, 2021
^ First they need an ice bath, to rest their sore muscles. Today has been chastening
Captain gets captain
Cummins works a Root delivery straight to leg slip, bringing an end to a partnership of 70 that were scored off 69 balls. Cummins played 27 off those balls for his 12 runs.
A tough day in the office
More concern for England
As Robinson bowls one over and trudges off the park. His pace was down in the low 120s in that over. England are still seven overs away from the second new ball and are powerless in the face of Head farming strike.
Stokes tries again. He's hit for two boundaries by Head who moves on to 82 off 67.
Michael Vaughan @MichaelVaughan This has very early stage signs similar to 2006/7 & 2013/4 !! #Ashes 06:37 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Superb half-century for Travis Head
Gets there off 51 balls with a drive through extra cover. 8 fours and a six for the reinstated No.5. Has batted Australia out of trouble after they'd lost 4 for 29 either side of the Tea break. Has put Australia back in the driver's seat when it appeared they were slipping just a touch.
Tim Wigmore @timwig Clear strategy by Travis Head to attack before the second new ball – and exploit the easiest time to bat in Australia 06:24 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Finally, a wicket for Woakes
And the dangerous stand is ended. Carey tries to take on a short ball and hits it straight to Pope at midwicket. The debutant helped add 41 for the sixth wicket with the enterprising Travis Head.
Stokes back into the attack
He doesn't look fully fit. He's bowling off a shorter run up and that's bit of a pressure release over. Three fours for Head in that. The lead builds to 77.
Nope just the one over for Stokes. Root brings himself on and is launched for a six over long on. Australia not letting spin dictate any terms to them. This is a superb partnership. 41 off 53 right now and Australia's lead is nearing 100.
Bharat Sundaresan @beastieboy07 Travis Head the man who moves the game is certainly moving an already fast-moving game here at the Gabba #Ashes 05:42 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Robinson takes two in two; Game on!
Some start to the session here. He should have had Warner at the start of last session but does so at the start of this. A devilish slower ball deceives Warner into chipping a catch to Stokes. He doesn't add to his pre-Tea score of 94. The 25th Test century wasn't to be today, even with the three reprieves.
Then with his very next ball he hits top of off as Cam Green shoulders arm. Quality bowling. Australia 5 down and lead by 48.Debutant Alex Carey joins the returning Travis Head in the middle!
5 slips now stand waiting for Robinson who has two lefties to bowl to…
Adam Collins @collinsadam Australia have lost 4/29 either side of tea, which was what England were yesterday. #Ashes 05:12 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Matt Roller @mroller98 Warner in the 2019 Ashes: 95 runs, 10 dismissals, 184 balls Warner in the 2021-22 Ashes: 94 runs, 1 dismissal, 176 balls 05:08 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Tea: Wood gets Smith
A lift for England just before Tea and a well-deserved wicket for Mark Wood. Goes wide of the crease and makes Smith play the angle, which means the Aussie vice-captain is actually playing at a ball in the 6th=7th stump line. Edged and gone for 12. Australia 193/3, lead by 46. Warner 94*
80/2 in this session.
Leg trap in play for Smith straightaway
New Zealand did it, India did it. Time for Australia to try. Wood is back into the attack and he starts with two slips, deepish short-leg, backward short-leg who is deep and a square leg for Smith!
Steve Smith and David Warner batting for the first time together in an Test since Melbourne 2017 & only the second time in a Test since their return from suspension!
A wicket for Leach
It's a gift really to end the 156-run stand. Labuschagne steps out and smokes the left-arm spinner for another six and is unwilling to follow that up with a more conservative response. Almost tries to manufacture a cut shot, he hits it straight to Wood at point. Gone for 74, a terrific innings but a missed opportunity at another 100.
Enter SPD Smith.
Australia now in the lead
Warner 69*, Labuschagne 66*. England trouble*
Bharat Sundaresan @beastieboy07 Ollie Robinson has already been as impressive as Mohammad Siraj on his first outing in Australia. It only he could get some genuine support from the other end & from his fielders #Ashes 03:36 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Leach back for another spell
With three fielders out in the deep for him. He has gone for 31 in his first three. How will he go now? These two batsmen will not let him settle.
Another reprieve and Warner gets to 50
A regulation catch dropped. And England's slip woes are in focus once more. Lovely ball from Robinson in the first over after the break, draws Warner forward and gets him to nick. Flies comfortably to Rory Burns at second slip, who drops it. Yikes. Been a horror Test for him so far: out first ball and now this simple drop.
Warner duly completes his 31st Test fifty in the following over.
Since the start of last year, England have caught just 78% of their slip chances. Only Bangladesh have a worse record in Test cricket in that time ~ CricViz
The CricViz Analyst @cricvizanalyst David Warner's false shot percentage in this innings is 25%. He has played with very little control against the England quicks, and has now survived a dropped catch and being “bowled” from a no-ball. Riding his luck. #Ashes 03:02 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Lunch: Australia 113/1
The partnership is worth 103* now. Labuschagne has got to his 50 (53*) and Warner is two short of his. After bowling very well for a major part of the session, England lost control in that last half hour. They are only 34 ahead now and in big trouble.
The CricViz Analyst @cricvizanalyst Of his first 60 balls at the crease, Marnus Labuschagne attacked just 8 of them. Since then he's attacked 7 out of 13 deliveries, going through the gears to bring up an impressive, confident half-century. #Ashes 01:59 AM • Dec 12, 2021
kuldip singh @kalsiskuldip @kaushik_cb Leach getting the feeling of T20 in test cricket at Gabba. #ASHES 01:57 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Not going to let spin (Leach) settle
With Stokes going at nearly five an over and Wood in need of a break after another short burst, Root turns to his lone spinner, Jack Leach, who after a decent first over, is lofted for two sixes straight over his head by Warner. Labuschagne wrists a four through extra cover to make it a 17-run over. The scorecard is no reflection of the opening session but it would appear that fill-your-boots time maybe upon us now.
Bharat Sundaresan @beastieboy07 Was always the worry with playing Jack Leach. If the new ball bowlers didn't get David Warner get, he was always going to make life very uneasy for the left arm spinner #Ashes 01:44 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Warner-Labuschagne building steadily
The partnership is now worth 50. It's taken 110 balls but the runs are now flowing into the final half hour of the session. After the jittery escapes, the ball is now regularly travelling through the gaps. There are a lot of 2s and 3s. Salt on England's wounds.
Clarification on other no-balls in the Stokes over before the non-dismissal
The third umpire Paul Wilson is not calling the no-balls in this Test as has been the case since the England Pakistan series of 2020 because the technology is down. So they have reverted to the old system of the on-field umpires asking the third-umpire in the event of a doubt. The third umpire is then checking the broadcast feed to adjudicate. It is why the first three no-balls of the same over (as revealed by Channel 7 feed) was missed.
Bharat Sundaresan @beastieboy07 It cannot be easy for the umpires in the middle to suddenly going back to monitoring front-foot no-balls after a 2.5 year break. Not easy to just revert back to the old rhythm of moving your eyes towards the popping crease & then towards the batting end. Feel for them #Ashes 02:54 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Stokes' foot fault !
He clean bowls Warner with his fourth ball, a nip-backer that hit off-stump off Warner's thigh. But it's a pretty big no-ball. How England could end ruing this… Warner was on 17…
There's a half chance that's gone Marnus' way too after Woakes gets him to nick but the ball drops short of Joe Root at 1st slip. It appears the England captain was standing too deep.
The wicket that wasn't
Warner's no-ball reprieves…
2014 – b: Varun Aaron
2016 – b: Wahab Riaz
2017 – c: Stuart Broad b: Tom Curran
2019 – c: Mohammad Rizwan b: Naseem Shah
2021 – b: Ben Stokes
Geoff Lemon Sport @GeoffLemonSport Stokes must have known he'd overstepped. Celebrated for half a second and then stopped cold. #Ashes 12:32 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Stokes into the attack
replaces Wood, who has bowled three hostile overs , especially round the stumps to Warner. But he's off the field currently. Hopefully, it's nothing.
Change of ends for Woakes
Robinson bowls a 4-2-10-1 and is given a break after two fours from Marnus in the previous over, one of which was a thickish outside edge past slip. He's jittery as ever. Can Woakes find success from this end?
Ben Jones @benjonescricket Mark Wood's fifth ball of the series was quicker than any delivery England bowled in the 2017/18 #Ashes. https://t.co/VFupoRdX4f 12:03 AM • Dec 12, 2021
Wood into the attack
A FSL and a leg gully in place for Marnus. Mmm… Plans, plans! Also, fyi, Wood is hitting 150clicks in his first over… Wheels!
Robinson removes Harris
It's that angle across the left-hander he uses from over the wicket. He terrorised Rishabh Pant in the home summer. Marcus Harris falls to it too. Plays the angle and nicks to third slip. A wicket in the sixth over for the visitors. They needed that especially with Warner looking solid at the other end. Good start also for England's much-maligned slip cordon with Malan taking a neat catch low to his right.
In comes Marnus. Australia 10/1
Australia's opening partnerships v England since 2019: 2, 13, 11, 13, 12, 10, 1, 0, 5, 18, 10
Bharat Sundaresan @beastieboy07 Twice already David Warner has walked down the pitch and had a word with Marcus Harris. He's batting for his junior partner too here at the Gabba and it's good to see #Ashes 11:44 PM • Dec 12, 2021
Bharat Sundaresan sums up the opening day with his piece on Perfect Pat's perfect coronation and how Cummins' five-wicket haul on captaincy debut was his real elevation into becoming the face of Australian cricket.
Ollie Pope faced the media after the opening day and vowed that England will keep fighting despite a frustrating opening day.
“It wasn't the end result we wanted. We're not going to get too down about it but it's a disappointing start. There's frustration that we haven't been able to put on that big score we wanted but the pitch did offer a fair bit, especially for seam. It's a long tour and a long series. We'll keep the spirits high and come back fighting tomorrow.”
Prelude – Day 2
It was just about the perfect start to the Ashes for Pat Cummins and Australia yesterday. They'd wanted to bat but had that decision taken away from them and then proceeded to bowl England out for 147 with the skipper taking 5-38 on his captaincy debut.
Their reward? The Gabba welcomes them with a bright blue sky on Day 2 after the start of their innings yesterday was washed out by rain. The signs may seem ominous but it's what happens on and off the surface that matters more in Brisbane and Joe Root will hope there's juice left in the strip for them to exploit after a disastrous start to an away Ashes.
Will they miss Anderson & Broad though? Let's find out. Welcome to Day 2…