Errors cost England dearly before Travis Head cashes in with brutal ton
Australia assumed a dominant position after two days of the Ashes opener at The Gabba, building up a 196-run lead over England with a stumps score of 343 for seven.
There was a rapid-fire century for Travis Head and 94 dicey runs for David Warner, leaving England with plenty to ponder as they attempt to plot some way out of Brisbane without a hefty defeat.
No-ball, no call
When Ben Stokes forced one through Warner’s defences in his first over of the match, England’s joy was short-lived due to a front foot overstep.
It later became clear that the all-rounder was clearing the line on a regular basis without being pulled up.
Modern matchday protocols dictate that no-balls should be monitored by the third umpire using dedicated cameras but it became clear that technology had malfunctioned and would not be available during the match.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting bemoaned “pathetic officiating” on Channel 7’s commentary, suggesting Stokes should have been informed of the issue before paying a big price.
Warner’s five lives
Warner is no stranger to getting a second chance due to bowler’s wayward footwork, having been the beneficiary on four prior occasions by the following opponents: Varun Aaron (2014), Wahab Riaz (2016), Tom Curran (2017), Naseem Shah (2019).
Head hurries the record books
Net duty for pace greats
When Warner and Marnus Labuschagne were going about the business of compiling a 156-run stand, it was hard for English fans not to pine for James Anderson and Stuart Broad – owners of a combined 1,156 Test wickets.
The issue did not escape the attention of television producers Down Under, who took great delight in panning to the practice pitches every time the record-breaking seamers emerged for a session.
A penny for Joe Root’s thoughts as the pair steamed in looking fit and ready for action.
Irish eyes aren’t smiling
The historic Ashes rivalry has earned its place in the cricketing spotlight but it is worth remembering there are others who would love a fraction of the attention lavished on the contest.
Ireland have played just three times since being granted Test status in 2017 and are eagerly looking for their next offer, a point made with sledgehammer subtlety by their watching captain Andrew Balbirnie.
Paul Farbrace: Che Simmons may play for England after signing Warwickshire deal
The 18-year-old has signed a three-year contract.
Paul Collingwood ‘desperate to help out’ new England coaches, says Rob Key
Australia’s Matthew Mott has been appointed to lead the white-ball team, with Brendon McCullum the new man in charge of the Test side.
Matt Parkinson out of England squad with Harry Brook and Matthew Potts included
James Anderson and Stuart Broad are back.
Matthew Mott takes control of England’s white-ball teams – who is the new coach?
The 48-year-old Australian is England’s new limited-overs head coach.
Australian Matthew Mott named head coach of England men’s white-ball teams
Mott has signed a four-year agreement, having edged out Paul Collingwood for the role.
Harry Brook and Matthew Potts included in England Test squad
James Anderson and Stuart Broad also return.
Henry Nicholls thinks Brendon McCullum is an “inspiring” appointment by England
McCullum was appointed England Test head coach last week.
‘Huge respect between two of us so no animosity’ – James Anderson on Joe Root
Anderson and Stuart Broad are set for England recalls on Wednesday, a couple of months after being jettisoned for the West Indies tour.
Tom Harrison stepping down as chief executive of the ECB
Managing director of women’s cricket Clare Connor will take over on an interim basis in June.