Ashes 2021-2022, 1st test, day 2: David Warner’s stunning 94 run knock accompanied by Travis Head’s unbeaten century guided Australia to a decent 342-7 at stumps on day 2 & helped the hosts to take 196 runs to lead on day two of the first test.
David Warner almost gave away his wicket in the first session when he was batting on 17 runs off Ben Stokes’s delivery. However, the umpire ruled the delivery as a no-ball as he overstepped the crease line. Stokes had overstepped the front crease 14 times in the opening session and had only been called twice for a no-ball.
Once again Warner survived dismissal as he was dropped at the slips on 48. England’s sloppy fielding efforts proved costly for them as Warner went ahead to register 94 runs off 176 balls. Warner stitched a valuable 156 runs stand with Marnus Labuschagne (74) for the second wicket and 23 with Steve Smith (12) for the third wicket but unfortunately missed his 25th test century as Ollie Robinson dismissed David Warner after the tea break. David Warner has registered his 31st half-century on day 2 of the Ashes first test.
Robinson had Warner caught in the covers by Ben Stokes & then dismissed Cameron Green who didn’t play a shot to a ball that hit his off-stump. It was a phase when Australia slipped from 189-2 to 195-5. However, wicketkeeper Alex Carrey prevented Robinson from his hat-trick ball but was caught for 12 as England bounced back to get Australians at 236-6. Captain Pat Cummins stitched a 70 run stand with Travis Head that helped Australia to take a dominating lead against England in the first two days of the Gabba Test.
However soon Head & Cummins partnership got ended with Joe Root scalping the wicket of Cumminsat leg slip. Tarvis Head continued his run-scoring with Mitchell Starc & was on 96 when he attempted a sweep to Root, was hit on the arm and Burns couldn’t reach as the ball ballooned down the leg side. Travis Head brought up his much deserving maiden test century right off 85 balls by hitting a beautiful boundary off Chris Woakes’ delivery. His gleaming ton was enhanced with 12 boundaries & two maximums. Travis Head finished unbeaten on 112 at stumps.
For England Ollie Robinson returned with the best figures of 3-48 from 18 overs on Day 2 of the first test. Left-arm spinner Jack Leach picked up the key wicket of Labuschagne but was lethally smashed by the Australian batters by returning with 1-95 from 11 overs. Ben Stokes was restricted to bowl just nine overs & went on to concede massive 50 runs.
Ashes 2021-2022, 1st test, day 2, Brief Scores:
England 147, Australia 343/7 (Travis Head 112*, David Warner 94, Ollie Robinson 3-48)