Ashes, Fifth Test Day One RECAP: Rain brings early end to eventful day’s play which sees Travis Head scores second century of series, Marnus Labuschagne comically bowled round his legs and Steve Smith and David Warner dismissed for ducks
- Travis Head makes his fourth Test century but gets out the following delivery
- Cameron Green reaches fifty but is caught on 74 taking on Mark Wood short ball
- First session dominated by England, who have seen Ollie Robinson pick up issue
- Stuart Broad bowls Marnus Labuschagne six short of a half-century in Hobart
- David Warner dismissed for 22-ball duck as Stuart Broad gets Usman Khawaja
- Steve Smith also departs without scoring with tourists well on top in Hobart
- England ended Australia’s hopes of a whitewash as the drew the fourth Test
- Latest Ashes news, including live action and updates
Travis Head’s fourth Test century helped Australia recover from a shaky start to post 241 for six at the end of the first day of the final Ashes Test in Hobart.
David Warner and Steve Smith both fell for ducks while Sydney twin centurion Usman Khawaja was also dismissed for a single-figure score inside the first hour.
But Head then rebuilt first with Marnus Labuschagne – who was comically bowled round his legs – and then Cameron Green, who fell for 74.
Head got out the first ball after reaching his ton, while Green was dismissed in a short third session before the rain fell.
Re-live Sportsmail‘s KISHAN VAGHELA’s coverage of the first day between England and Australia in the final Ashes Test of the series.
So Australia won’t get a chance to add to their score of 241-6 as play is called off for the day due to rain.
It all began so well for England, dismissing Warner and Smith for 22-ball and two-ball ducks in the first hour. But Travis Head rebuilt first with Labuschagne – who was comically bowled – and then with Green.
Head reached his second series hundred before being caught off the next ball, while Green was the only wicket of a short third session.
I’ll be back tomorrow, when hopefully we can make up for lost time.
So in theory, 45 minutes of play left in the day.
We can confirm, Labuschagne’s dismissal is still making the Australia dressing room laugh.
Technically still 45 minutes left in the day’s play, but with it still spitting in Hobart, we may be pushed for time to resume play today.
It’s been a frustrating day overall for Mark Wood, but that Green wicket meant a lot.
Carey may now decide to up the anti, smashing Wood’s first ball of the over to the point fence.
The umpires then gather to discuss the conditions with drizzle beginning to fall, and soon enough they take the players off.
Broad looking to draw Starc forward and try and get into that Australia tail as quickly as possible, but the latter is happy to leave outside his off stump.
The short-ball tactic works! Wood tempts Green into pulling in the air, and Crawley takes a simple catch out on the square leg boundary.
Frustration released by Wood, and England have Mitchell Starc in ahead of Pat Cummins.
Wood gets Carey hopping around here with the first real short delivery that has zipped off the surface. But the short-ball policy is at least giving the Durham quick a bit more joy, later cramping Green for room before a well-directed bouncer.
Steve Smith might be used in England’s innings by the look of things in the dressing room as he tosses the ball up and down in a legspinner’s grip.
That might be a while away yet, especially if Green continues to look as assured as he has here, with another easy-on-the-eye cover drive finding the fence.
Dawid Malan it looks like is going in under the helmet at short leg in a simple change of tactics it seems as Wood goes round the wicket to Green.
Perhaps a surprising choice given how Pope did there in South Africa, but regardless the move appears to unsettle Green ever so slightly as he misses a straightish delivery.
Did I say unsettled? Well, it was brief as he gets on to his tiptoes and cuts Wood away to the point boundary.
Ollie Robinson is still out there despite his lower back issue, but it is evidently still bothering him as he throws the ball back as Carey picks up two.
How annoying that will be for Joe Root, having just welcomed him back into the side from a shoulder problem.
Wood starts this session from the other end but he is hit for his latest boundaries by Green through mid-on and then through point. A real contrast between a bowler who has lacked control and a batsman who has rarely strayed away from it.
Green is proving to be a real headache for Root, and only a Head-style loss of concentration appears capable of getting him out…
Broad bowls the first over after tea and Green gets going off the second ball with another compact on drive.
Alex Carey however yet to truly settle but does enough to see out the rest of the over.
Travis Head’s second century of the series and Cam Green’s third Test fifty have seen the hosts dominate the second session.
The former departed the ball after bringing up his century in the only wicket of the session, but this looks like a major chance lost by England to bowl the hosts out cheaply.
Root trying to do everything to take a wicket on the strike of the interval here, spearing one down the legside to the advancing Green, who gets enough on it to pick up three down to fine leg.
The final ball nearly squeezes through Carey’s defence, with an inside edge saving him. But that is tea!
Woakes looking to snare Carey early but he looks prepared to take his time here following a maiden over from the England man.
One more before the break it seems…
Green beaten in the flight from that Root ball but adjusts well to guide it down to third man for two.
A quick single then sees him bring up his third Test fifty in nine matches, a knock far removed from the nervous figure we saw at the start of the series.
Carey then gets off the mark, before Green ends the over with a big stride and excellent drive for four.
A hundred and out!
Having nearly done it prior to bringing up his hundred, Head does now chip a simple catch to mid-on. What a range of emotions.
A fourth Test ton for Head!
After nearly chipping a chance straight to mid-on, he chops the ball down in the gully area, and announces his return from Covid with a bang by bringing up the milestone.
Travis Head will have to wait for that fourth Test ton, hitting the final ball of the over to extra cover.
The 200 is up though, making this very much Australia’s session.
Another beautiful leg-side pickup from Travis Head to take him to within one strike of another hundred this series.
Woakes however then draws Green to pushing at a wide one, but it passes the outside edge.
This partnership of 109 is the highest fifth-wicket partnership in Tests at Hobart, as the duo survive a brief run-out scare to continue Root’s frustrations.
Head now moves into the 90s. Will they be nervous? Based on how he has played today, highly unlikely.
But there is some rare encouragement for Broad, who sees the last ball just pop up a bit more than expected.
Root rushes through another over for England in what seems to be one of the best overs in the last few hours.
Overpitched from Broad and Head gets a good stride forward to muscle this one to the cover boundary again.
Good reaction from Broad though, as Head’s cut just evades the outside edge.
Bit of drift there from Root and Head’s bat is beaten for three leg-byes.
Green’s easy single into the leg side then brings up the 100-run stand between these two, which is nearly ended when Head cuts and misses Root’s wider delivery.
Broad has switched ends and replaces his captain in the attack. He and his team-mates are probably the only people who are not admiring Green’s cover drive right now though, this time hitting the fielder.
But Head manages an equally impressive backfoot cut through point that does get the reward of a boundary. Such excellent batting this, as Green this time nails his cover drive for four.
This pink ball is taking some punishment, as the duo edge closer to potential feats. The TV cuts to a very worried looking Root removing his jumper. As well he might be.
The first streaky boundary from Head, getting a genuine edge from a backfoot punch off Wood but going in between the slips in the cordon.
Green’s three in the same area however is more controlled and guided, and Wood’s frustration – having conceded more than 60 in eight overs – is growing.
Root continues and Head comes down the wicket to him for the first time, picking up a couple after a fully flourishing cover drive past the short cover.
Don’t think the England captain would have expected to have bowled four overs after the first hour England had.
This is pretty easy going for Australia at the moment, being able to score freely and frequently.
Green continues his assured performance with the bat in this over, nudging Broad around while Head picks up four more with a trademark backfoot cut.
150 up as we break for a drink.
Root appears to be chucking the odd leg-spinner in with his more traditional offies but so far is getting little change out of Cameron Green.
The England skipper’s main worry is the bit of fielding off the final ball of the over, with Robinson getting down to prevent the boundary VERY gingerly.
Broad back into the attack and he is greeted by another great cover drive from Green. Sadly for England, that means more diving around for Stokes, who still looks uneasy with his left side.
But a tight one that from the England veteran.
Root managing to trouble Head a little, as the latter plays off the back foot and only just jabs it out in time. Good battle this.
Robinson is back on the pitch, after suffering what the ECB are calling “lower back stiffness”. It’s all part of another day on which England have let things slip, I’m afraid.
Very little in the way of swing right now, which comes as no huge surprise given the ball is no longer brand new.
Woakes does continue though despite Robinson’s return, and he is beautifully driven through the legside, which Mark Wood does brilliantly to drag back and save one.
But the 50-run stand is up between these two.
Root nearly gets him there! Head goes for an expansive drive but can only inside edge it onto his boot. A bit more pace on the ball and who knows?
A ninth Test fifty for Head, a really crucial one which he gets to courtesy of a fine flick off his pads down to fine leg for four.
He then absolutely hammers another cover drive through extra cover off the underwhelming Woakes. England need to get him soon here.
And could Ollie Robinson be that man, as he returns to the field…
Not quite found their lengths in this second session England, and it is allowing Green and Head to rotate strike and constantly make the bowlers have to change their angles.
Head now just two shy of what would be an excellent first 50 of the match.
Fresh air shot from Head off Woakes to start and it is that cover drive again which is causing it.
But off the back foot it is a different story, punching for another boundary on the offside. There’s later half an appeal for LBW but you don’t need DRS to know that pitched outside leg.
It’s a good job Green has long legs. He pushes for what looked like a very tight single but in the end makes it comfortably.
Head meanwhile is looking in excellent touch down the ground with another three, moving him into the 40s and forcing a ginger looking Stokes to do more work.
Green then ends the over with a boundary, thick edging Wood’s final delivery of the over to the third man fence.
We still don’t know what the problem is with Robinson, forcing Woakes to replace him in the attack. Green is looking at ease out there and guides another two down to gully.
A glorious straight drive then yields no run, with Woakes fielding off his own bowling.
There’s the pace and bounce from Wood! Sadly for him Green does not get anything on the ball with his cut from what is a wide delivery, before rotating strike the very next ball.
Head is continuing with flinging the bat at those cover drives and leaving a big gap between bat and pad, but gets a single again on this occasion. Green then brings the team’s century up.
Lovely firm drive from Green off Robinson, who picks up his first boundary and Australia’s first of the session through cover.
But Head arguably hits an even better boundary, just picking the ball up nicely and flicking it aerially over midwicket. Strong start to the session from the hosts.
Green gets the scoring going in this session with a single into the offside.
But Head is then struck by Wood on the shoulder after getting into a position in which he is cramped for room.
That’s better from the Durham quick, who concedes two off the final ball.
So, undoubtedly England’s session as they take four crucial wickets on the first day in Hobart.
Australia were three down within the hour, losing Smith and Warner for ducks and Sydney twin-centurion Khawaja in single figures.
Labuschagne and Head then scored quickly before the former’s bizarre dismissal.
Green got off the mark off the final ball of the previous over, and now faces Woakes just before the break.
But he has shown solid defence so far, getting into a perfect position every time before clipping one off his hips.
And that’s the end of the first session!
Labuschagne tries to be too cute there and England have the breakthrough!
He gets in an almighty tangle trying to nudge it into the legside and has his middle stump comprehensively knocked back after going across his stumps.
The shouts from Broad in celebration say it all…
Not Head’s best shot of the afternoon, but it still brings him four as an attempted drive takes a thick edge and beats the dive from the man at point.
He tries to pierce the same gap two balls later, but this time hits the man, but he is currently scoring at better than a run a ball.
Well, that is a rather extraordinary bit of play. A change in the field sees Labuschagne charge Broad but fail to connect. The England quick does not like that one bit and throws the ball back, again hitting Labuschagne.
The world No 1 batsman however is leading the charge for the Aussies.
Head hasn’t really moved his feet too much when driving through the offside but he has scored runs nearly every time, this time getting one.
But Labuschagne then plays an extraordinary flick off his pads for four over midwicket. That’s a serious shot, and one that appears to bring about a change of ball.
This has been a superb counter-attack from Australia: from 12-3 off 10 overs, Labuschagne and Travis Head have thrashed 59 from the next nine, with Mark Wood disappearing around Bellerive Oval. His three overs have cost 31.
Even at 12 for three, it was hard to dispel the thought that Labuschagne might make England pay for their latest dropped catch off him – and, sure enough, he has helped change the mood of the first session.
Broad replaces the expensive Wood and is immediately tucked into the legside for a couple, and then scampers through for a single after a fuller delivery.
Labuschagne then sees out the rest of the over.
Woakes hasn’t had a chance to settle and here again he is pulled by Head for three in rather ugly fashion it must be said.
There is also a rather intense end to the over, with Woakes launching the ball back at the stumps and hit Labuschagne’s leg after colelcting a drive from the latter.
The runs continue to flow now in Hobart. Head punches a three off the backfoot through point before an aerial pull from Labuschagne reaches one of the longer boundaries at the Blundstone Arena.
He then follows it up with another three with an on drive, which Stokes just drags back inside the rope. He then nails a cover drive on the rise to end the over with a boundary.
The runs have flowed in the last few overs, and the 50-partnership is up between these two.
Woakes comes into the attack to replace Robinson and is greeted by being smacked through cover for four by Head.
But the Aussie is lucky to survive the following delivery, playing an awkward pull shot which ends up going down the ground and which could easily have gone to Stokes at mid-on.
Woakes then draws the edge from Labuschagne, who however avoids any chance of a catch by playing with soft hands, before timing the leather off the ball to pick up another four through midwicket.
Fifty up for the hosts.
Lots of England men going to ground in this over. First it is Ben Stokes to stop Head driving for four, but the all-rounder struggles to his feet clutching his ribs it appears.
Wood then falls over in his follow through from the next delivery, and with Head back on strike he smashes the Durham quick for four through extra cover, before Labuschagne achieves the same result through point.
Probably Australia’s best over of the innings so far.
Head tucks another single towards fine leg, this time off Robinson who continues. The latter though does appear to have lost his line a bit, making Billings work down the legside.
Mark Wood is into the attack for the first time again and nearly gets Travis Head to chop the ball onto leg stump.
But a leg-stump delivery is then put away by Labuschagne for another boundary. Time for a drink.
Travis Head is on his way as he tucks Robinson into the legside for three on what appears to be a very slow outfield.
Labuschagne then becomes the first Aussie to get into double figures today with a drive through the covers for four.
This is brilliant bowling. Again the ball beats the bat, as it keeps a little low and straightens but fails to clip Labuschagne’s bat before going through to Billings.
A green surface providing the assistance expected, but Broad and Robinson have been on the money. Labuschagne still willing to score though, as he drives the final ball of Broad’s over to the mid-off fence.
Well, well! Australia are 12 for three – and that includes a dropped catch before Marnus Labuschagne had scored. Olle Robinson is bowling beautifully after Root sent a shot across his bows before the game by making a pointed reference to his fitness, and Stuart Broad has backed him up. This, frankly, is a bit more like it.
The same combination as for the Warner wicket, and Smith departs for a second-ball duck, and Australia are in big trouble now…
Brilliant bowling from Broad, and there will be no century this time for Khawaja.
He is drawn outside his off stump and pushes at one which Root takes comfortably at first slip.
We’re back to these elaborate Labuschagne leaves, but that one is a very good one as it nearly took off stump. But there’s no doubt he plays at the next ball, which is slightly fuller in length.
It jags off the pitch and beats his outside edge, and the oohs from the England slip cordon fill a quiet Blundstone Arena.
And then DROPPED! It’s all happening, Labuschagne edges this one and Crawley spring to his left to try and take it, but can only put it down. It was going straight to Root at first slip too…
Another appeal the following delivery for caught behind, but he looked to have hit his pad with his bat. What an eventful over!
Well bowled, Ollie Robinson. He got that one to move away a fraction from David Warner, who was drawn into a fiddle and was well caught by Zak Crawley at second slip. And that’s a 22-ball duck for Warner.
Some much needed runs in this over to try and get Australia scoring again, with Khawaja first squirting one from Broad through the point/gully area, before a solid drive down the ground also sees him add two.
He’s deserved that. Warner finally nicks one after a tentative push and Crawley hangs on well. Simple, but it’s a 22-ball duck for Warner.
Warner is itching to get off the mark, and will be frustrated he could not get going with a flick straight to midwicket or a delivery down legside from Broad next up.
He does eventually get off strike following another leg-stump delivery, but it comes off his pad for a leg-bye, leaving him still on zero.
The over then ends with another play and miss from Khawaja outside his off stump.
Bit of bounce for Ollie Robinson, catching Khawaja just below the region where Joe Root has taken a bit of a hit this series, let’s say.
Robinson did bowl a bit of offspin at Adelaide but this time there is similar spin from one of his pace deliveries, before a play and miss from Khawaja ends the third maiden over of the innings so far.
That’s very loose from David Warner, who chases a very wide Broad delivery without any foot movement and fails to make any contact.
The next delivery then almost finds a way through, but the pink ball just evades leg stump after connecting with the inside edge of Warner’s bat.
The Australia opener is being made to work hard here, digging out a full Broad delivery too. Fascinating battle yet again between these two.
Another brilliant first ball of an over, this time from the returning Ollie Robinson.
His delivery over the wicket moves off the seam and hits Khawaja’s back leg in a genuine play and miss. Another false shot comes from the second ball of the over too, but Khawaja soon gets bat on ball and hits the first runs of the day through square leg.
Good start though this from England.
Dramatic start from the first ball. Stuart Broad falls over in his follow through, while the slip cordon go up in appeal as the delivery nips back and hits David Warner above the back pad.
Warner then lets the rest of the over pass without major incident, as the Barmy Army belt out a rendition of Jerusalem. Some even adding some actions of drawing out their pretend swords when the appropriate line came.
Trust England fans to not let the gloomy weather get them down.
So, for one last time this winter, an Ashes Test match is about to get going.
Can England make early inroads?
Still gloomy at Hobart but Joe Root and Pat Cummins lead out their sides at the Blundstone Arena.
Now, time for the anthems…
In GMT, that’s 4:30am-6:30am, 7:10am-9:10am and 9:30am-11:30am.
‘With overhead conditions, slightly tacky nature to the surface, it’s a nice opportunity to bowl first.
‘We’ve got five days of hard cricket to give a really good account of ourselves. We have to take that opportunity.
‘It was very important that we got something from Sydney. The way we went about it on the last day was brilliant.’
Joe Root calls correctly and Khawaja and Warner will be out to bat on day one. We are set for the latest instalment of Broad v Warner.
So, what we are expecting: Burns, Pope, Billings, Woakes and Robinson in. Hameed, Bairstow, Buttler, Anderson and Leach out
So after the sheet went on to cover the pitch, it appears the covers are back on again. Former England bowler Steve Finn has compared it to ‘musical chairs’.
Rain has delayed the start here, but the toss will take place at 3pm local time (4am in the UK) – which is half an hour late. Judging by the England bowlers who marked out their run-up, it will be a four-man seam attack of Broad, Robinson, Woakes and Wood.
A sign of great leadership it seems.
As expected, Anderson set to miss out…
Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan sending his support to Billings ahead of his Test debut. Not a bad player to congratulate you…
SEN in Australia now reporting the toss will take place at 4am GMT with the covers now off, providing there are no more delays.
Cricket Australia confirm rain has delayed the toss. No timeframe given. Not the greatest start but in keeping with what was expected weather-wise.
So with the covers on and rain set to delay things as it stands, why not get into the mood with this Allan Donald interview and what he thinks about the finest bowling partnership England have produced…
A couple of England cap presentations going on out in the middle (where, incidentally, it’s raining: the covers are on). Jimmy Anderson hands Sam Billings his first cap, and Ben Stokes does the honours for his Durham team-mate Mark Wood’s 25th.
‘Speculation is mounting here that Ollie Pope will replace Jonny Bairstow, after Pope was seen having a net session earlier.
It may be that Bairstow’s right thumb hasn’t recovered sufficiently from the blow it took during his first-innings century at Sydney, potentially handing Pope the chance to make an impression after playing only the first two Tests of the series.’
The hosts have confirmed Sydney twin-centurion Usman Khawaja retains his place in the XI in Hobart and will open alongside David Warner, with Marcus Harris dropping out.
Travis Head meanwhile comes back in after recovering from Covid. England’s news will come at the toss. Now we all know you want to see a picture of a young Khawaja and Warner…
Hello all, and welcome to our coverage of the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart, and the first day/night Ashes match at the ground.
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