18/04/2024

Travis Head was the star with the bat as the Aussie piled on the pain for the English. (Photo: Wisden Cricket - Twitter)

It was yet another terrific day of twists and turns at The Gabba, with plenty of great spells and magnificent knocks. Here are the moments that mattered on the second day of the Ashes.

It was yet another terrific day of twists and turns at The Gabba, with plenty of great spells and magnificent knocks. Here are the moments that mattered on the second day of the Ashes.

Missed no balls galore

There were plenty of missed opportunities for England on the day and there were plenty of missed no-balls by the umpires too.

In fact off Ben Stokes bowling alone, he had 14 in the first session. There was only one called on field as well as when Warner got bowled (subsequently called a no ball on review).

Alison Mitchell confirmed at lunch that they couldn’t see them because the technology was broken. But this was a major miss by the ICC and for the Aussies, who could’ve had at least 12 extra runs.

Davey does it again

He’s been a dominant force in Australia, particularly at the Gabba, and it was another dominant day in Brisbane for David Warner.

In red hot form heading into the series, the T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament converted that form into the test arena.

However, he should consider himself lucky. The first bit of luck was when he edged through the cordon for four off Ben Stokes. Two balls later, he was bowled, but off a no-ball.

On 49 at the start of lunch, Rory Burns missed a massive chance in the first over after lunch. Five overs later he was literally on hands and knees, with Haseeb Hameed missing a massive run-out chance.

His luck eventually ran out on 94, being caught by Ben Stokes off Ollie Robinson bowling. But it was a terrific start to the summer and at The Gabba yet again for Warner.

Labuschagne and Warner dominate again

Both Warner and Labuschagne had terrific knocks, and together they combined for yet another magnificent partnership.

Coming together in the sixth over after Robinson dismissed Harris, they had some troubles, like most of the Australian batters, but were still a class above most.

It eventually ended on 156 runs with the soft dismissal of Labuschagne, but it still gave Australia the lead. It was their fourth 100-plus run partnership and their first since the 2020 New Years Test vs New Zealand.

Their wickets might’ve caused a bit of a batting collapse for the Aussies, but it was still a crucial partnership between the two superstars.

Robinson gets England back into it

England needed a man to get the big wickets, and Ollie Robinson was that man. He picked up big wickets at the right time.

Early on he picked up the wicket of Marcus Harris after consistently troubling him in his first two overs. He had a few dry spells in the middle of the day, but it was his after tea spell that got the Poms back into it. 

The second over after tea was by far his best. He picked up Warner for 94 and Green for a golden duck. Despite conceding a few more boundaries in the two other overs in his spell, he brought the English right back into the test, getting 2/16.

Timely Travis defines his career

He came into the game with England on the charge, and it was a classy, powerful and timely knock from the South Australian captain.

Taking the attack to an in-form English lineup, he had his struggles initially, but eventually hit his stride. And after only 51 balls, he got to his fifty at a strike rate of 100.

Eventually he got to his third test hundred off only 85 balls. It was also his first ever Ashes hundred and his first ever first class hundred at The Gabba. The hundred was also the third fastest in Ashes history.

He then finished the day on 112 off only 95 balls. He was in a battle with Usman Khawaja for number five, but today he proved that he is by far the first choice at that position.

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