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Aus vs Eng, Ashes 2021-22, 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: Australia 343/7 at Stumps After Head's Hundred, Lead by 196 Runs

Australia vs England 1st Test Day 2 Highlights

Australia vs England 1st Test Day 2 Highlights

Australia vs England Live Score, Ashes 2021-22 1st Test, Day 2: Check here ball by ball commentary from the ongoing second Test between Australia and England at The Gabba, Brisbane.

Aus vs Eng Ashes 2021-22, Australia vs England, 1st Test, Day 2, The Gabba, Brisbane Highlights: Travis Head blasted a rapid-fire century to crush England’s hopes on the second day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on Thursday. At stumps, Australia were 347/7 with a 196-run lead in the first innings. Head was batting on 112 while Mithchell Starc returned unbeaten on 10.

Head justified his selection by passing 100 off only 85 balls. So far in the innings, he has smashed 12 boundaries and a couple of maximums.

Head came to the crease as England were fighting back after tea, with fast bowler Ollie Robinson removing David Warner for 94 and then bowling Cameron Green next ball to reduce Australia to 195-5.

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Earlier, David Warner survived being bowled off a no-ball to forge a century partnership with Marnus Labuschagne as Australia took control of the first Ashes Test against England at the Gabba on Thursday.

England, who were all out for 147 on Wednesday, were sensing that they might keep Australia’s lead to less than 100.

But the South Australian had other ideas and after a nervy start sped to his first Ashes hundred with an array of fearless attacking shots, despite being struck a nasty blow on the forearm by England speed merchant Mark Wood.

Australia dominated day one thoroughly as their pacers enjoyed bowling in seaming conditions. The lethal trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc combined to take 9 wickets while Cameron Green celebrated his maiden Test wicket. The star of the day was the newly made leader, Pat Cummins, a five-fer on his captaincy debut against arch-rivals are stuff to dream of. England will be without their veterans Broad and Anderson. A tough job lies ahead for the other pacers and Joe Root has to lead his troops without his go-to guns. Stay tuned for further updates.

On Day 1, Pat Cummins took five wickets in a scintillating start to his captaincy as Australia routed England for 147.

After England skipper Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat, the Australian pace bowling trio of Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood ran riot to bundle the tourists out in just 50.1 overs.

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Cummins, in his first game as Test captain since taking over from Tim Paine, claimed 5-38, while Starc took 2-35 and Hazlewood 2-42 as the English batters failed to adapt to the bounce and movement of a Gabba green top.

England made a disastrous start to the series when they lost Rory Burns to the first ball of the match, Starc bowling the left-hander around his legs.

Dawid Malan, who scored six, and Root, for a duck, quickly followed as a shell-shocked England slumped to 11-3.

“It was a dream start really — it wasn’t a bad toss to lose and I thought we all bowled really well and did our jobs," Cummins said.

“To keep them to 150 was a tremendous start. I was really proud of how consistent and composed everyone was.

“Personally, it was nice to get a couple of wickets at the end to make it a five-for — it was just a really good start."

Cummins chimed in to remove the dangerous Ben Stokes for five and leave England struggling on 59-4 at lunch, on a hot and humid Brisbane morning.

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It was only a momentary respite. In the first over after the interval Haseeb Hameed edged Cummins to Steve Smith at second slip to leave England teetering at 60-5.

Jos Buttler came out and launched a fightback with a glittering array of attacking shots to put the Australian attack on the back foot for the first time.

However, with the score on 112, Buttler — who had reached 39 — feathered a catch to debutant wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

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