Starting from 193/3 at tea, England discovered immediate pleasure as Warner fell six wanting his twenty fifth Test century, dismissed within the second over of the session for 94. Warner was deceived by a slower supply from Ollie Robinson, which he chipped straight to Ben Stokes at cowl. On the very subsequent supply, Cameron Green shouldered arms to an incoming supply from Robinson and was dismissed for a first-ball duck.
Amidst all this, Head stood tall to take Australia out of troubled waters regardless of being hit onerous on the arm by Mark Wood’s tempo. Though England took out Alex Carey and captain Pat Cummins, Head continued to stay stable, reaching his half-century at run-a-ball tempo. The left-hander then proceeded to assault Jack Leach for 3 boundaries adopted that by taking back-to-back fours off Stokes.
As England’s strike bowlers had been taken off, Head cashed on scoring probabilities with the outdated ball earlier than reaching his first Ashes hundred with a drive previous mid-on off Chris Woakes on the second supply of the brand new ball. Head’s late onslaught noticed him turn out to be the third-fastest century scorer within the historical past of the Ashes, after Adam Gilchrist in 2006 and Gilbert Jessop in 1902.
Head’s efforts got here after Warner and Marnus Labuschagne guided Australia into the lead regardless of the hosts being rocked early. Under a transparent sky and vibrant sunshine, Ollie Robinson struck the primary blow to Australia by dismissing Marcus Harris, who pushed with onerous palms to be caught by Dawid Malan at third slip. The defining second of the primary session got here when Ben Stokes bowled Warner on 17 with an inswinger off his fourth ball, just for the replays to point out that it was a no-ball.
From that second onwards, England had been made to toil onerous as Warner and Labuschagne went about their enterprise of scoring runs with edges falling wanting the slip cordon. The duo went after Leach, who gave away only one run from his first over, amassing 30 runs off his subsequent two overs. Warner hit him for 2 sixes within the twenty seventh over. Labuschagne too hit Leach for a 4 and 6 earlier than reaching his half-century with a minimize by backward level off Chris Woakes within the subsequent over.
Post lunch, Warner continued to experience on his success as he was dropped within the first over after lunch by Rory Burns at second slip. Five overs later, Warner survived once more on 60 as he slipped after attempting to look and Haseeb Hameed, at quick leg, missed the run-out likelihood. The two missed probabilities helped Australia massively as Warner and Labuschagne registered the hosts into taking the lead whereas placing up a stand of 156 runs for the second wicket.
The breakthrough was offered by left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who after being lofted for a six on the earlier ball, compelled Labuschagne to go for the minimize on a brief ball with further bounce. The right-hander didn’t preserve the cut-down, slicing straight to backward level.
Five overs later, Mark Wood was rewarded for his persistence as Steve Smith nicked behind to keeper Jos Buttler. Though Robinson would take two extra post-tea, Head, by his counter-attacking knock, ensured that England’s comeback ambitions had been put to relaxation.
Brief scores: Australia 343/2 in 84 overs (Travis head 112 not out, David Warner 94, Ollie Robinson 3/48, Joe Root 1/29) towards England, lead by 196 runs