Australia is currently in the driving seat of the first innings of Ashes 2021 at Gabba. They have scored 343 runs for 6 wickets in the reply to England’s 147.
Travis Head of Australia scored a century in ODI style in the first match of the Ashes series. In the elite format of cricket, a century is usually seen in one-fifty to two hundred balls, but Travis scored his century only in 85 balls.
In the first match of the series in Gabba, Head reached the three-digit score with 12 fours and 2 sixes. He finished the second day’s play with 112 runs off 95 balls. Mitchell Starc is unbeaten on 10 runs with him. The Aussies had a lead of 196 in the reply to England’s 147. Australia collected 343 runs for 6 wickets after the second day.
David Warner reached the threshold of the century. However, he returned with a catch to Ben Stokes off Oli Robinson for 94 runs. Among the others, Marnus scored 74 runs. Robinson took 3 wickets for England. Chris Oakes, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, and Joe Root took one wicket each.
Earlier, England’s first innings stopped at 147 runs. England lost four wickets for 59 runs before lunch on the first day due to the Aussie pace trio. English captain Joe Root returned with a golden duck. In addition, Ben Stokes could not make a turnover of the match returning from injury after a long time. He went back to the pavilion with just five runs.
After Rory Burns returned to the dressing room earlier in the match, opener Hasib Hamid struggled a bit. But Aussie captain Pat Cummins sent him to the dressing room in the first ball of the second session. Hamid returned for 25 runs. Jos Buttler formed a 52 run partnership with Oli Pope at the sixth wicket to save the team from some embarrassment.
However, Mitchell Starc gave the last blow to Butler who scored 39 runs. Cummins, Australia’s new Test captain, took four of England’s last wickets. In the end, England’s innings stopped at only 147 runs. Pat Cummins took five wickets alone on the day of the pacers’ dominance. Joss Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc also took two wickets each. Cameron Green, a young bowler, took a wicket.